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:
- 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.
- 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!
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