Can We Put A Stop To Renters Using Small Portable Washers And Dryers?

Can a landlord prohibit tenants using small portable washers and dryers in a rental unit is the question this week for Ask Landlord Hank.

Can a landlord prohibit tenants using small washers and dryers in a rental unit is the question this week for Ask Landlord Hank. Remember Hank is not an attorney and he is not offering legal advice. If you have a question for him please fill out the form below.

Dear Landlord Hank:

A lot of our renters are using small washers and dryers in their unit. Can we put a stop to it and how many people per unit?

Dear Landlord John:

You had two questions:

  1. How many people per unit?  Normally the lease will detail who is renting (adults) and other occupants (children) and a clause about guests (how long they can stay without written permission). The general rule of thumb is maximum occupancy is two people per bedroom.
  2. Some tenants are using portable washers and dryers in the units and can landlord stop this practice?  Again, John, check your lease – often under the Use of Premises clause there is this language: Tenant shall secure insurance for any water filled devices with loss payable to landlord. You could also add that to your lease – a prohibition of portable washers and dryers since there is the possibility of flooding and damage to your property. Good luck!

Sincerely,

Hank Rossi

Each week I answer questions from landlords and property managers across the country in my “Dear Landlord Hank” blog in the digital magazine Rental Housing Journal.    https://rentalhousingjournal.com/asklandlordhank/

Can a landlord prohibit tenants using small portable washers and dryers in a rental unit is the question this week for Ask Landlord Hank.
Landlord Hank says, “often under the Use of Premises clause there is this language: Tenant shall secure insurance for any water filled devices with loss payable to landlord.”

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I started in real estate as a child watching my father take care of our family rentals- maintenance, tenant relations, etc , in small town Ohio. As I grew, I was occasionally Dad’s assistant. In the mid-90s I decided to get into the rental business on my own, as a sideline. In 2001, I retired from my profession and only managed my own investments, for the next 10 years. Six years ago, my sister, working as a rental agent/property manager in Sarasota, Florida convinced me to try the Florida lifestyle. I gave it a try and never looked back. A few years ago we started our own real estate brokerage. We focus on property management and leasing. I continue to manage my real estate portfolio here in Florida and Atlanta.