Appliances Left Behind by Tenants…
Rentals & Property Management
You might have had a tenant that bought a house or condo and they left their washer and dryer behind because the old ones would not fit in the new condo or the house that they purchased came with a new set. Whatever the reason, if there are appliances in the unit that you have not intended to maintain as part of the apartment, it’s important to put in writing that you are not responsible for the washer/dryer. The same goes for an air conditioner or any other appliance left behind in the apartment. If the washer/dryer are there and it’s not explained to the incoming tenants that you are quoting hookups, not the machines, you could be required to maintain or replace the machines if something happens to them. Just by the units being there is “implied” that they are part of the apartment and the owner might be required to take care of them.
Recently I had a client had an issue with a refrigerator in a property that I manage. She then explained that she didn’t want to repair or replace it. I explained that 1) we didn’t explain in the lease that the tenant was responsible for the refrigerator and 2) refrigerators are expected to be supplied with the apartment. Years ago people had their own frig. Today, we all move so often that no one carries a frig with them because of the hassle, not so much for the cost. Because of this fact, landlords now include the refrigerators with the apartment.
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