Doesmy landlord have to fix a washing machine and dryer that was broken from the day I moved in?

UPDATED: Aug 3, 2011

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Doesmy landlord have to fix a washing machine and dryer that was broken from the day I moved in?

I just moved in to a new apartment 3 days ago. It has been nothing but issue after issue, first the stove didn’t work, then the fridge. I have been without a fridge for 3 days now. But anyway they have bought a new one. So lastly the washer and dryer don’t work. It is listed on my lease as a provided appliance and the leasing agent has stated that they will not fix the washer and as far as they know it worked. I told them that if they even open it you can tell it has not been used in god knows how long. So do they legally have to fix them seeing they are listed on the lease?

Asked on August 3, 2011 Florida


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You are wise to read the written lease that you have with the landlord for the unit you are renting. Its terms and conditions control the landlord's obligations to you and vice versa unless in violation of state law.

If your written lease provides that certain appliances come with the rented unit, then you are paying for a unit with working appliances. If the appliances are not properly functioning, the landlord needs to fix them within a reasonable time period. The landlord responded in fixing and replacing other appliances soon after you moved in. There is no reason to not fix the washer and dryer that are not working at you unit.

The landlord is obligated to fix your washer and dryer at the rented unit.

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