Do D.C. Landlords Have to Fix Laundry Machines?

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D.C. landlords are not required to provide or maintain laundry machines, including washers and dryers. However, some leases (perhaps in luxury buildings) may include promises from landlords that they will fix them.

If There’s No Lease

If there is no lease or the lease is silent about fixing appliances, furnishings, and laundry services, then the landlord does not have to provide or fix broken washing machines or dryers. If the machine is broken in such a way that may cause potential injuries to the tenant (for example, if the washer leaks near electrical wires) and the landlord knows about the problem, then the landlord is required to fix it under personal injury law. When a landlord’s negligence causes foreseeable personal injury to a person or their property, the landlord is liable for costs of that damage.

When There is a Lease

While rare, some leases may state that the landlord will furnish or repair amenities. Such a section may not name laundry machines explicitly. If nothing is mentioned, then the landlord is not required to fix it (unless repairs are necessary to prevent possible injuries to the tenant).

If the lease does require the landlord the fix the laundry machine, then the landlord must follow their lease. If the landlord violates the lease, the tenant is free to move out or take the landlord to landlord-tenant court or small claims court to get a court order or perhaps a reduction in rent. Overall, there are not strong protections for tenants if the landlord does not fix a laundry machine in a D.C. apartment.

By |August 27th, 2018|DC|

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