Lexington, KY asked in Civil Rights for Kentucky

Q: Can I hold my University, or housing department, liable for damages done to my clothes caused by the laundry machines?

I am a resident advisor at a university and my residence hall provides laundry, both washing and drying at $1.50 each. We have had numerous reports of washers damaging residents clothes, improperly draining the water from the washers, and staining clothes. We have followed protocols to call our local maintenance group to fix the washers. However, the machines have repeatedly needed care and often work properly for 1 or 2 cycles before needed repair again. Personally, I've spent upwards of $40 on repeated washes because of improper drainage of the washing machines and from having machines break down during use. This has become an issue which many students are no longer able to tolerate and are either leaving the residence hall for laundry, moving out, or testing their luck with the machines. I have not been able to find anything specific in the student-housing contract which speaks on laundry services but I wanted to know if the University is required to fix and/or provide these service

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Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Louisville, KY
  • Licensed in Kentucky

A: No.

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