Lawrence, MA asked in Real Estate Law for Massachusetts

Q: Can a board of trustee of a cordiaminum prohibit washers and dryers in the units (they have hook-ups)?

Good afternoon: I just purchased a condo (apartment) and the trustee says washers and dryers are not allowed in the building. The trustee just says that the owners voted and except for 2 apartments, the rest of the owners voted against washer and dryer in the building. I am wondering if this prohibition is legal; washer and dryer are sanitary installations. Kind regards, Jaditza.

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Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley
  • Boston, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: I have never heard of a condominium prohibiting washers and dryers. I would think you would have explored that in the process of buying the condo. I took a quick look a the statute and I found nothing stating one way or the other the permissibility of washers and dryers. Is it that they are prohibited in the units but there are washers and dryers for general use elsewhere in the building? You should also consult the master deed and trust, they may address this issue and ask the attorney who represented you at the closing..

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