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to think it's perfectly normal that tenants would need to dry their clothes somehow, either indoors or outdoors?

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Owllady Wed 23-Apr-14 11:04:22

I have realised on 're reading my new lease that there is a clause that says I am not allowed to hang a line outside to dry my clothes. I am not allowed to use a clothes airer and drying clothes on the radiators is not permitted.
Without a tumble dryer, what are you supposed to do? No laundrette within 13 miles

Fwiw, I have put up a line anyway, years ago without complaint and I also use a clothes airer and I hang stuff to warm through on the radiators if necessary ffs

Brittapieandchips Wed 23-Apr-14 11:07:39

Ignore it (as you have done ). They have put it in to try and blame you if the house gets damp. It's bloody stupid.

Are they generally good landlords? Some of them seem to have sudden attacks of idiot but mostly be lovely. I don't know why.

Pointeshoes Wed 23-Apr-14 11:08:21

Well I can understand about not drying clothes inside but to say you can't have washing on a line is stupid, not sure you can do anything about it now you've signed...

Oldraver Wed 23-Apr-14 11:08:30

I think the no outside line ridiculous, I know its common in some countries but thought we had more sense. I hope this doesn't become more common. It would put me off moving if this was a condition.

I understand the no radiator/clothes airer is to stop condensation but if you had a basic tumble dryer this wouldn't be vented and chuck out damp air anyway

AlpacaYourThings Wed 23-Apr-14 11:09:51

I would email the landlord and ask them for their preferred method of drying clothes, considering the Laundrette is 13 miles away.

EmmanuelWoganberry Wed 23-Apr-14 11:10:46

Do they just not want you to drill into the wall or something? I can’t think of any reason not to dry clothes outside, carry on as you are imo.

LRDtheFeministDragon Wed 23-Apr-14 11:15:17

I don't follow how they can stop you using a clothes airer? If you stand it up outside?

I can understand not hanging over radiators/not putting up a line, but not the other.

I agree, ask them how you're meant to do it.

LadyVetinari Wed 23-Apr-14 11:18:00

If it only says that you can't hang a line outside, surely the easiest way around this would be to get a floor-standing rotary line? You can even get some with weighted bases that don't require any drilling into the ground.

Failing that, I highly recommend a condensing tumble dryer if you have the funds and the space. Ours cost <£200, is not expensive to run, and is as easy to remove and reinstall as a freezer. I resisted buying luxury white goods while renting, but the condensing dryer and the slimline dishwasher have completely converted me.

Owllady Wed 23-Apr-14 11:18:41

I don't know if the landlord has read it as its signed on his behalf by the letting agent.

I just find it arbitrary

littlegreengloworm Wed 23-Apr-14 11:20:45

I bet he landlady doesnt have problem with it. Is probably just a contract they churn out for everyone. Lots of apartments here don't allow outside drying but I think it's very unfair.

littlegreengloworm Wed 23-Apr-14 11:20:59


PourquoiTuGachesTaVie Wed 23-Apr-14 11:25:45

Banning drying clothes inside is ridiculous anyway. What are you supposed to do in winter?

PourquoiTuGachesTaVie Wed 23-Apr-14 11:26:23

Or Spring, Summer and Autumn for that matter. It's not like it never rains here.

HeirToTheIronThrone Wed 23-Apr-14 11:27:57

Are you in a house or flats? The past three flat blocks I have lived in, including our current one, has a no washing outside on balconies rule. My BIL put an airer out there when they were staying with us a couple of years ago and the dickhead man who runs the residents' committee had pushed a copy of the rules through the door with the relevant paragraph highlighted within about 10 minutes. I think it's something to do with having the outside of the building look nice!

We bought a little cheapo dryer from Argos that lives in the corner of the spare bedroom with a throw over it and then gets pulled out and the hose stuck out the window.

BettySwollocksandaCrustyRack Wed 23-Apr-14 11:29:13

Yeah, as a LL I totally understand about not drying clothes inside but not having a washing line outside - WT actual F.

Like someone pointed out, maybe the LL doesn't want one of those ones with the posts concreted into the garden - you can get whirly ones on a stand now I think.

Is it one of those posh places where it isn't seen as a nice sight? My dad has an apartment in Spain and they are not allowed to hang towels over the balcony. Are you in a flat or a house?

Owllady Wed 23-Apr-14 11:43:52

It's a house with a garden. All the neighbouring properties have washing lines too
Anyway I will cheer the fuck up, get some fresh air and walk the dog

Owllady Wed 23-Apr-14 11:46:04

Maybe i could attach wet sheets to my back like a cape whilst I do so

specialsubject Wed 23-Apr-14 11:48:14

unenforceable contract. clothes have to be dried somewhere.

obviously drying clothes indoors is not ideal, but if you ventilate and heat properly then it is fine. Similarly a line in the garden is only sensible!

sounds a standard clause. You could check with the landlord but as I said, you have to dry your washing somewhere.

places that complain about washing hung outside are my pet hate. We need to reduce energy use and that means minimising tumble drying.

lurkerspeaks Wed 23-Apr-14 11:48:34

I'm not allowed to dry washing outside on my balcony.

I haven't tried it but suspect strongly I would get the rules through the door sharpish. It is the kind of place but actually enforcing the rules is why it is a nice place to live - high density, high rise housing can only work if people follow basic rules for living - some are more onerous than others eg. I find not being able to dry my washing outside crazy but I am truly grateful that there are prescribed (and enforced) hours for internal alterations/ DIY so my weekends and evenings don't routinely get disturbed.

OnIlkleyMoorBahTwat Wed 23-Apr-14 12:03:17

Because I am a contrary bastard, who dislikes following pointless rules that make no sense at all, I would ignore such a rule.

I don't like tumble driers anyway as they ruin your clothes and that's before you get to the cost and environmental argument.

And tough about balconies 'looking nice'. If someone is offended by the sight of washing, they should be grateful they have nothing worse to worry about.

I'm sure no-one who is otherwise paying their rent etc can be evicted without a court order, and then surely the Unfair Terms and Conditions Regulations could be used to win the case?

HeirToTheIronThrone Wed 23-Apr-14 12:16:08

Oh - well in a house with a garden that sounds mad!

ilovepowerhoop Wed 23-Apr-14 12:21:31

we arent supposed to have a line in the gardens here but all the houses have one of those whirly things instead (apart from my neighbour who has taken their whirly out and has a retractable line instead). It doesnt say you cant have one of them if it only specifies a line.

Pantone363 Wed 23-Apr-14 12:27:10

My contract says no washing in the garden. Apparently it doesn't look naice. I like in a country cottage on a farm hmm

DP lives in a new build flat. Not allowed to dry clothes on the balcony. However his neighbour stores weeks of bin bags on his balcony because he can't be arsed to walk them downstairs. That's apparently fine hmm

Pantone363 Wed 23-Apr-14 12:28:30

But my contract also says I'm not allowed to be under the influence of alcohol within my house. And if I'm going to be away for more than 24hrs I'm to inform my landlord.

Yep. I know.

LadyVetinari Wed 23-Apr-14 12:32:05

Bloody hell, Pantone363! My previous contract said that we had to inform the lettings agent if we were going away for >2 weeks, but they were always hmm when we actually did so...

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