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 Post subject: Laundry hook ups in a duplex
PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:31 am 
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Does anyone have any suggestions for providing washer/dryer hookups
in a duplex where the tenants are paying their own gas and electric?

The issue is that if there's a washer and dryer in the basement, it
would be using one of the tenant's gas and electric (we are paying
for water and sewer).

We are looking into hookups in the units, for stacked apt. size
washers/dryers, but the challenges are drainage for the washer and ventilation for
the dryer. It would be a big and expensive undertaking to put those in.

Thank you in advance,
Emilie


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 Post subject: Re: Laundry hook ups in a duplex
PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:19 am 
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Emilie,

You have several options here.

One option is to separate the laundry areas and install separate stations for the each tenant. The the electric and or gas used at each station will have to come from the service from that unit. Preferably each tenant would only have access to their own laundry area so that one could not use the other tenants gas or electric that operates the appliances. In addition to the appliances running off of the matching units service, all lighting in the service areas must do so as well.

Another option is to install a landlord our house meter and run the basement lighting and washer and dryer off of that service. This would eliminate the need to separate the laundry areas and utilities, but would most likely be the most costly option.

Lastly you could run the washer and dryer off of one of the units service. For that unit the landlord would have to pay the electric and or gas bill.

If you really want to get technical, the heating for separate laundry areas should be heated by that areas utility service. In other words if the basement is considered a "common area" and the first floor gas is heating the basement, you could be challenged by a tenant at some point.

I hope that helps.

Good luck!

Sincerely,
Mark Fichtner
412-380-2600
724-744-1777
Penn Pioneer Enterprises LLC


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 Post subject: Re: Laundry hook ups in a duplex
PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:06 am 
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Mark, thanks very much for the reply. I guess there is no
easy/inexpensive solution here.


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