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Landlord bans couple for doing 'too much' laundry

David Landes · 2 Mar 2012, 09:48

Published: 02 Mar 2012 09:48 GMT+01:00

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According to the landlord of the building, located in Karlstad in central Sweden, the couple were in the habit of reserving the building's communal laundry facilities up to eleven times per month, the Hem & Hyra newspaper reported.

The frequency of the couple's visits prompted neighbours to complain about the noise as well as the fact that it became difficult for others to reserve time to do their laundry.

The couple's use of the common laundry room took place despite the fact that the landlord had outfitted their flat with a laundry room of its own when the couple moved into the building.

But after neighbours' got their knickers in a bunch, the landlord reached an agreement with the couple allowing them to wash their bed clothes one time per month in the building's laundry room.

The rest of the couple's dirty laundry, however, would need to be washed in their apartment.

But the couple completely ignored the clean clothes covenant, according to Hem & Hyra, prompting the landlord to take additional measures to prevent the compulsive washers from abusing their laundering privileges.

At first the landlord demanded the couple return the key to the laundry room.

When they refused, however, he then decided to change the locks on the door.

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The move prompted the couple to lodge a complaint with the Rent and Tenancy Tribunal (Hyresnämnden).

However, the panel sided with the landlord, finding that the couple had indeed overused the building's laundry room and ruling the landlord was justified in revoking their right to use the communal facilities.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:24 March 2, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
Surely the 'terms and conditions' relating to the apartment specify what is considered to be reasonable use of the laundry facilities?

If so, I can't see there is much of a story here
10:49 March 2, 2012 by just a question
Probably they showered too often. At least once a day! Some people use the laundry every day because they have children, puppies or simply they work in construction, etc, where you need to wash your work clothes often!
10:53 March 2, 2012 by eroshik007
example of scandinavian way of life...cant u neighbours stop complaining for silly sh*t like this...
11:04 March 2, 2012 by HYBRED
Another arguement over the laundry room. Imagine that.
11:12 March 2, 2012 by gplusa
So anyone who works with animals or in construction has only one set of clothes ?
11:13 March 2, 2012 by newswede
I had (ex)renters who were even worse. I don't care about the laundry so much, but I would notice 1 pair of socks hanging in the drying room. Strange. Walked by the washing machine many times - 1 pair of socks, a t-shirt or a dish rag etc... running full wash cycles. This was happening 4 times a day almost every day!

Tried to say be a little more eco conscious and run full loads to which they totally ignored me. Obviously a mental condition. Thought I was the only one who had to deal with people like that!
11:14 March 2, 2012 by canuk
they were doing it for profit! selling laundry services! thats what was going on, det är inte racket forskning!
11:46 March 2, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
@ gplusa - Indeed!

12:35 March 2, 2012 by cogito
The Swedish laundry room is a dangerous place. Best to bear arms...
14:19 March 2, 2012 by mamegoma
Okay, I don't get it. 11 times a month? That is ridiculous. My husband I do our laundry 4 times a month, once a week and it takes about 5 hours. We also have a dog so I clean the room as much as I can so the next person doesn't complain of hair.

Just buy an extra pair of sheets and more clothes?! Do these people only have 2 pairs of underwear each?
14:30 March 2, 2012 by philster61
Moan, moan complain, complain, whinge,whinge, Seems to be all Swedes do.... It shouldn't matter how many times they wash. Its their right as tenants. Hardly going to increase global warming....
16:27 March 2, 2012 by Lotus2035
Being a nuisance to those around you is not a right.
17:51 March 2, 2012 by teknowaffle
Perhaps they were running a laundry business.

I lived in a place in california where the landlord kept the laundry super cheap, like 50 cents a load before we moved in.

At the time we moved in, laundry was almost 5 bucks a load.

What had happened was a stay at home mom realized that the laundry was cheap, and started taking in clothes from random people and running a wash service, meaning the laundry room was in constant use, and no one else could use them, and the costs were through the roof, so they had to jack the prices up.
18:44 March 2, 2012 by johan rebel
The obvious solution is to have all tenants pay per load.

All of a sudden everybody will do their bit to combat global warming and only wash full loads.

If you want to change behavior, hit people where it hurts: in the wallet.
19:05 March 2, 2012 by sunnchilde
Aren't there more important things going on in the world that need to be talked about? I can't believe this. You're talking about laundry. Really?
22:56 March 2, 2012 by dizzymoe33
You only need to wash 2-3 loads a week. You don't need to go changing your outfit every time you turn around!!
02:35 March 3, 2012 by Mercedes S.
In my mother's apartment building in Goteborg, tenants could sign up to use the laundry facilities no more than twice a month. The Karlstad washers were lucky to escape with their lives.
09:44 March 4, 2012 by chang
Every family should have its own washing machine for laudry. Sweden has a strange system to have a communal laundry system, unsually underground an apartment. It was extremely inconvinient!
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