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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

sleepyhead Thu 24-Apr-14 23:33:17

All the traditional tenement flats in my area have drying greens with lines. All the new builds have grassy areas but no lines confused

Given the impact of drying clothes indoors, plus rising energy costs, I think it should be mandatory for new developments to have available outside drying space where possible.

DocDaneeka Thu 24-Apr-14 23:35:10

It seems totally mad. When houses and appartments are constructed nowadays we (designers and builders)have to abide by all sorts of environmental legislation and standards, not just for the construction process but the long term design of the building, and how it will be used. BREAAM, code for sustainable homes and the like. we take great pains to make sure the building is energy efficient, and can be used in an environmentally friendly way.

All this fucking effort, then the muppet of a landlord / client takes possession and enforces a total fuckwankery of a policy about not air drying clothing because someone might not like the look of it.

Just fucking GRRRR

I would like to see a campaign to make clauses like that illegal.

inabeautifulplace Fri 25-Apr-14 00:04:24

Probably counts as an unfair contract clause. Ignore.

AngryAndLost Mon 28-Apr-14 12:02:58

Read this thread, went for a long walk on Sat, and saw this. Maybe, that's what the landlord had in mind

Owllady Mon 28-Apr-14 12:40:29

I don't think that's awful at all though. They are drying their clothes. At what point did drying your CLEAN clothes become unacceptable?

Anyway, my line is more like this

specialsubject Mon 28-Apr-14 12:50:10

Given the impact of drying clothes indoors, plus rising energy costs, I think it should be mandatory for new developments to have available outside drying space where possible.

Yes. Totally. End of!

and landlords should provide a place to dry clothes because everyone needs to do washing.

Owllady Mon 28-Apr-14 16:23:40

I don't think it's ideal to have dirty, smelly people renting your house is it? If we think about the flip side

Brittapieandchips Mon 28-Apr-14 18:38:58

I think a lot (not all) of landlords forget that they are renting out a house to tenants, but those tenants are real people and it is their home, and they have lives to lead.

It's not like renting out a caravan or a rug doctor.

bochead Mon 28-Apr-14 20:02:56

Am I the only one who thinks there's nothing nicer than a row of white nappies air-bleaching on the line? It always reminds me of warm relaxed summer days in the same way Calypso music does.

There are many eyesores in the average urban environment but CLEAN laundry isn't one of them! Litter, dog poo, graffiti, broken toys etc however is.

ecomummyscotland Thu 11-Aug-16 15:52:55

I find this situation shocking especially when you've got kids. Unfortunately, what I hear from my friends it's becoming more common in new buildings that are being build without any outside drying space or simply you're banned from using them for drying angry

sleepyhead Thu 11-Aug-16 16:08:57

Ha! I was about to come on and have a mild rant about how I think it should be mandatory for new developments to provide outside drying facilities... and then I realised I already had, two years ago blush.

I still haven't got around to putting up an illicit washing line, not that I think any of my neighbours would care (but the factor would no doubt send off a snotty letter next time they visited).

MrsKoala Thu 11-Aug-16 16:15:20

i had a thread about this exactly 2 years ago. We rented a ground floor flat and the front terrace was our outside space, but all the neighbours had to walk past it (and it had a low wall) to get to the main door. On sunny days i used to hang a clothes horse out, mainly with the toddlers things on it. i was heavily pregnant, had no car or transport and lived in a very hilly area.

I had a visit from my landlord telling me the rest of the neighbours had had some kind of owners meeting and complained about my washing. I was so upset. It was so unnecessarily petty. None of their terraces were visible so they could do it, just not us who were the only people renting in the block.

YelloDraw Thu 11-Aug-16 17:34:42

Ignore and open a window to prevent condensation build up.

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