If your apartment doesn’t come with ‘washer / dryer connections’ and your lease doesn’t have a clause that covers it, then most likely you will not be able to install a washer or dryer in your apartment. Here are some other things to consider:
- Does the lease state that you are not allowed to make any improvements or changes to the property without permission? In this instance, you are not able to add a washer/dryer.
- Does the lease indicate there is a washer/dryer hook-up in your unit and the option to install your own appliances? If so make sure the individual you hire to perform the installation is familiar with installing these appliances. If a washer/dryer hook up is available, you might also want to speak to the apartment management office to see if you can pay an additional sum per month to have a washer and dryer installed.
Why are Installing Washer / Dryer Connections Such a Big Deal?
You are probably wondering what the big deal is about adding a washer / dryer. Adding a washer / dryer is not as simple as buying the appliances. The connections for washers and dryers require plumbing (hot, cold water, and waste lines), venting, and electrical and/or gas connections to power the appliances.
This can end up being quite costly. In fact, it is easily 5X the cost of appliances themselves, which is why many landlords are unwilling to create such connections. Even when hook-ups are provided, the washer and dryer installation should be done by a trained professional. One of the most frequent sources of flooding in an apartment is the washing machine, and the most likely cause is poor or improper connections.
Can You Lose Your Security Deposit?
If your lease explicitly states that you cannot install a washer / dryer and you still do, you could be liable for all damage caused, lose your security deposit, and even face eviction for breaching your contract.
It’s always best to stick to the terms of your lease agreement, especially if the apartment complex has alternative solutions like on-site laundry facilities which can be fairly convenient and cost-effective to use.