Berkeley Dryer Dispute
March 30, 2011 10:49 AM Subscribe
My Berkeley landlady advertised my (otherwise awesome) apartment as having a washer dryer. The dryer doesn't work, and she expects me to pay for it. Help?
posted by chatongriffes to Home & Garden (38 answers total)
In the beginning of March, I moved into a a 2 BR apartment in Berkeley. Our landlady advertised it as having a washer and dryer, but on the day we went to sign the lease, she mentioned it was broken. She also told us that the washer and dryer weren't officially hers, that they had been abandoned by a previous tenant, so if we wanted it to work, we would have to pay for the repair.
I mentioned that if we ended up needing to replace the dryer, we would want to be able to take it with us or sell it when we moved out, but she objected to that, saying that since she had advertised it to us as having a washer dryer, she would have to do that for the next tenants. (I know, the logic there boggles me, too.) I managed, after much insistence, to put a clause in the lease saying that if we purchased a new dryer, we would own it. Any time we bring it up, she keeps insisting that she has a washer dryer now and she would have to have them when we moved out, too.
Now, I really want to do laundry at my house. I think since she seems to think these are currently her appliances, it is her responsibility to pay for the repair, which, according to my research will cost about $150. I understand that landlords are not required to provide a washer or dryer, and I looked through Berkeley tenant law a bit and didn't see anything that looked applicable.
I am not opposed to just paying to have it fixed, since it would be cheaper than paying quarters at a laundromat in the long run, but I really don't want to create a precedent for our landlady to foist repair bills on us. She is already charging us a lot for the apartment and a $175/ month utilities fee that she can never quite explain clearly. How can I best approach this situation and get a dryer that works? I had to wear frumpy undies on date night!
Thanks for any advice you may have!