Do landlords have to provide refrigerator and washer/dryer?

One of the biggest questions that most renters and landlords have is if it’s the landlord’s responsibility to provide a fridge, washer, and dryer in the rental property.

Although some rental properties may have these common appliances, the reality is that it’s not the landlord’s responsibility to provide them.

Implied Warranty of Habitability

The main reason why landlords are not required by law to provide a washer, dryer, or refrigerator at a rental property is because of the of the implied warranty of habitability.

An implied warranty of habitability is a warranty implied by law in all residential leases that the premises are fit and habitable for human habitation and that the premises will remain fit and habitable throughout the duration of the lease.

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The rental unit must be up to code, meet safety standards, have working electricity, a functioning heater and properly working plumbing. As long as the Implied Warranty of Habitability is met, most owners will consider their job to be done when it comes to providing a habitable rental property.

Most Landlords Will Supply Stoves, But Not Other Appliances

In this day and age, it’s common to find a rental property with a stove that’s been supplied by the owner. When it comes to other appliances though, like a washer, dryer, or refrigerator it’s not uncommon to find that the rental property doesn’t have those appliances.

Some landlords may choose to equip their rental properties with appliances like washers and dryers, especially if they are trying to rent their properties during a competitive market. The reality is that it’s extremely unlikely that a landlord will invest in additional appliances unless they were already in the rental property when they purchased it.

Landlords Must Guide Tenants Back to The Law

If a landlord faces feedback from a tenant who believes that they should provide appliances like washers, dryers, refrigerators, and stoves, that landlord should guide their tenant back to the law, and the implied warranty of habitability, then show the tenant that those standards have been met.

Landlords who wish to provide tenants with common appliances in their rental property should make sure that those appliances are properly documented before the renter take possession of the property, and the appliances should be listed in the lease agreement, just so the tenant knows they cannot take the appliances with them when they move out.

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