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Jurassiclover · 13/11/2019 10:04

Hey guys,

So got a bit of an AIBU/WWYD situation.

Moved into a private rented flat 4 months ago, the flat included some appliances so came with integrated fridge freezer, dishwasher and a combi washer/dryer.

First month in the property there were no issues at all, although it is a bit expensive i was really happy with it. Then the washer/dryer started to play up. Started with the door jamming any time we used the dry function and the only way to fix it was to unplug it and leave it for approx 15 minutes and then re-plug it in and the door would un-jam. Was a bit inconvenient but not the end of the world so didn't tell the landlord (aware this is a big mistake). Following that then the dry function stopped working all together, so clothes were coming out steaming hot but still dripping wet.

At this point i decided to get in touch with landlord (well it's more a letting company than individual landlord). It took ages to get an engineer out and when they did eventually come out they checked a few things on the dryer and told me it was working fine but to get back in touch if we had any other issues. Right after the engineer left i tested it and it still wasn't actually drying anything (aware i probably should've tested it when the engineer was there but this is my first time ever moving out and just assumed he would've been able to tell if it was working etc). So called landlord again who arranged another visit.

The second visit the engineer admitted he hadn't actually been sent to fix the appliance but just to explain that combi washer/dryers don't dry as well and not to expect much (wtf?!?), but he actually tested putting something dry in whilst there and it came out wet so he agreed it was broken and called landlord while there who said he would arrange another visit.

We finally have another visit organised only to get a call today saying the engineer has managed to double book so we have to wait until next week now. Both me and DP work full time so we have to either take time off work or get my DM to sit in for the engineer visits and i feel so sorry for her having to deal with this. On top of all this we have now discovered the dishwasher doesn't work and doesn't appear to even be connected to a water supply.

So my AIBU/WWYD is would i be unreasonable to ask for a rent reduction due to all of this. 3 months out of the 4 i've lived there the appliances haven't been working and i have had to buy electric clothes horses just to get clothes dry quicker as the place doesn't have proper radiators (more electric space heater type things) so we can't even dry stuff the usual way.

The rent isn't cheap either we could get a 2 bed flat for almost half the price in the same area but these are new builds and were decorated exactly how i wanted with appliances so i assumed less hassle etc - evidently not. I'm just not sure if its reasonable to ask for a rent reduction since technically my rent also pays for the inclusion of appliances which aren't even working :(

Thank you to anyone who read this far haha, this was way longer than i expected haha.

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Passthecherrycoke · 13/11/2019 16:58

I think most people do that don’t they? They don’t smell, and it doesn’t take that long- probbaly all day/ overnight in the winter, less time in summer. I confess to using a tumble drier for everything but until I had children this is what I did and my family, in laws, friends etc do the same

Dontdisturbmenow · 13/11/2019 17:10

ed perfect the first month. Tested it by placing a dry towel in and it came out of a dry cycle wet. Even tried running a dry cycle twice and the clothes still came out literally dripping to the point i could ring water out of them
That doesn't make any sense. You should put items still dripping in water in such a dryer, it will indeed not dry unless you are prepared to leave them in for 5 hours.

These dryers are just not very good. We bought one and we hardly ever use it because what they say should dry in a one cycle of 1 hour really need 2 hours.

Surely the engineer didn't stay for 2 hours to check that the clothes were not drying. The fact that the first one said it was in working order does question whether it is indeed faulty or just a cheap one that is just not very efficient. Also, the obvious, but are you cleaning the fluff away and getting rid of the water after each dry?

Vanhi · 13/11/2019 17:33

i choose the more expensive place because the appliances came with the property so meant i had less things to buy

I don't understand that logic. Appliances are a one-off cost and you can choose the best you can afford. Rent is a monthly grind.

Anyway - indoor clothes drying - the most effective way I've found is to have a dehumidifier. Put the clothes on a dryer in the smallest room you've got, shut the door, switch the dehumidifier to continuous.

Venger · 13/11/2019 18:25

Could you arrange your own engineer at your own convenience and arrange to deduct the cost from your rent that month? There is a procedure for this and it would probably be more convenient for the landlord so worth asking, the worst they can say is no.

Venger · 13/11/2019 18:28

As well as asking the landlord if an arrangement can be made re: sorting out the repair yourself and deducting the cost from your next rent payment, you are entitled to compensation/reimbursement for any costs related to the repair such as laundrette fees or additional gas/electricity being used to dry clothes on clothes horses.

Ken1976 · 04/12/2019 22:56

I find when drying clothes indoors , it helps a lot to have a de-humidifier in the room. Halves the drying time

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