If I am moving out of my rental can I take mywasher/dryer with me?

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If I am moving out of my rental can I take mywasher/dryer with me?

I rent a room in a 2 bedroom condo; my roommate is the one who owns it. When I moved in she had a washer/dryer but the dryer was broken and the washer worked but not too well. A couple months ago I got a really good deal on a washer/dryer combo stackable unit for just $50 bucks and I brought it home and installed it; my roommate was really happy. Lately however she has been treating me badly and I want to move out. I want to take the washer and dryer with me since I paid for it, but it is already installed in her house. What are my options?

Asked on July 9, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Connecticut

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Relax; you can take your washer/dryer with you. Any appliance that is not permanently attached to the structure, such as by bolts or built-in like a dishwasher, is not a "fixture" and remains personal property. That's why when a home is sold it typically does not convey with most appliances (washer, dryer, refrigerator). Unless you have an agreement to the contrary the washer and dryer remain your property. They can be easily unhooked and taken away. In face, the plumbing was already in place when you bought them.


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