If you are a first time apartment or home renter, or renting as a student, here are four things you definitely do not want to do. Doing these things can lead to costly repairs or just plain hassles down the road. Read on for tips on what not to do, and how you can handle these situations when they arise. 1. Painting/Repairs without Permission Say you've just moved in to your first apartment or condo, and you hate the color of your bathroom.