Can the Condo Prohibit a Washing Machine Installation?

J.L. from Fairfield County writes:

Dear Mister Condo,

I want to add a small washing machine and electric dryer to my unit to help with resale value and also to help as the community laundry room is sub-par, ruins my clothes and is very expensive. I don’t see anything in our bylaws that prevents this. Heat and hot water are part of my common charges. Is there any experience you have with unit owners doing this and anything that would hinder my hopes to install the washer/dryer?

Mister Condo replies:

J.L., adding appliances within your own unit are generally under your own discretion unless your by-laws prohibit it. I do know of associations that do restrict appliances like washing machines because there may be liability issues of flooding from burst water supply lines or the potential noise that could be caused by operating heavy machinery in a small unit. If you are unsure about your rights, check out your condo documents to see what they say. You might also want to ask a Board member or Property Manager if there is any problem with your plans. That way, you won’t have to regret making a purchase and installation only to find out it isn’t allowed. Good luck!

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