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post #1 of 24
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Last week I decided to line dry my clothes out on my balcony. It saved me a bit of money and made my clothes smell all nice and fresh. My apartment complex had issues. They sent me a letter. Apparently, they are worried about the aesthetics of people line drying their clothes on the balcony. Now, lets review about my apartment complex. Don't worry this will be short and sweet.

1. It's a huge building that looks like Communist era, Soviet block, group housing. You all know the kind that you see in the USSR documentaries. I swear my apartment building has been used for stand in shots.

2. The lady below me uses her balcony as extra storage. Let me put it this way, she uses it as an outdoor closet. This looks REALLY trashy. My clothes will only be outside for a few hours. We have to look at her stuff all day long.

I've decided to fight this. Not only do I want to save money by air drying my clothes, but their worries about how it will look is totally unfounded. I'll keep you all updated. I won't back down. Trust me.
post #2 of 24
Geez, don't they want a free view of your undies?
post #3 of 24
That's ridiculous! Good for you on fighting this silly accusation!
post #4 of 24
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Originally Posted by gemlady View Post
Geez, don't they want a free view of your undies?
I dry them inside. So it's mostly jeans, shirts, and other odds and ends like towels.
post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by gemlady View Post
Geez, don't they want a free view of your undies?
...Jannie!.......

Oh Heather I hope don´t bring you this more troubles......
post #6 of 24
Fight it on "green" grounds. We just recently had legislation passed that people can have clotheslines in their backyards in the city again to help save money on energy to use electric dryers.

You go girl! Let us know how you make out.
post #7 of 24
thats a good stance to fight it on!
GO GREEN!
post #8 of 24
Tell them you're helping fight global warming.
post #9 of 24
We can not dry Clothes outside here either. We have to dry our Clothes inside.
post #10 of 24
I have fiath you can change their minds!! aren't you on the 12th floor anyway? who the heck is going to look up and see your clothes
post #11 of 24
Is "no outdoor clothes lines" written into you rental agreement? If it's not, then they can't complain. If it is, then you might try drying them in front of an open window .
post #12 of 24
How bizarre. It's probably in your lease under some vague "we can make you take down things that are ugly" clause, which gives you some wiggle room at least.

My landlord has strange rules about window dressings but I think it's mainly about coherency and looking pretty and being somewhat OCD (I don't say that lightly, you should have heard her go on about the color of the curtains and how she wants the blinds down as far as possible, shut, and all facing up instead of down).

Maybe you could dry your clothes at night so they will never see it
post #13 of 24
How about one of those metal stands for drying clothes?

I find the rules about no clotheslines ridiculous. We used to have one in our town prohibiting hanging up wash on Sundays, but so many people started to ignore it that it eventually was dropped.
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by gemlady View Post
Geez, don't they want a free view of your undies?
The lady who used to live across the hall used to dry her clothes on her balcony. Then one day the elderly man who lived next door knocked at her door and handed her a pile of her clothes that had blown off. Including several pairs of undies. She never used the balcony again!

You fight it though, Heather! I think it's so much better not to use the drier, for a number of reasons : save money, better for the environment, easier on your clothes, easier for 8-Bit to nab your undies.....
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by gemlady View Post
Geez, don't they want a free view of your undies?
That's hilarious!

That's about one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard! Someone needs to get a life..

I'd be fighting them too! You go, girl!

~KK~
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
Fight it on "green" grounds. We just recently had legislation passed that people can have clotheslines in their backyards in the city again to help save money on energy to use electric dryers.
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Originally Posted by mews2much View Post
We can not dry Clothes outside here either. We have to dry our Clothes inside.
What??? There's a law against clotheslines? Really? What could they possibly have against that, and especially if it's in your own back yard?
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by lookingglass View Post
I dry them inside. So it's mostly jeans, shirts, and other odds and ends like towels.

well that could be the problem then.
Dry the hmm female things with the jeans and stuff and see if you get a different answer

well its a idea , never said it was a good one
post #18 of 24
Good luck with that

I used to live in a building that didn't have air conditioners. They had a rule that you could put in a window air conditioner so long as you paid to have a new window put in so that you didn't use plywood to board up the gaping hole left where the window was removed to accommodate the air conditioner. Now the windows were almost floor to ceiling high and took up the full length of a the outside wall, so getting a new window made was not exactly a cheap venture. I had my brother, who does windows, price it out for me, and even if he were to get everything at cost and put it in for me, just the materials alone were over $700.00!!!

They claimed it was unsightly and made the building look bad and "slum-like."

I've also had friends who were told to clean up their balcony because they had flags and stuff hanging off of them.

And I lived in the upstairs of a house where the owner who lived downstairs, forbid me to put up any political posters during elections.

You can try and fight it though and see what happens. I can't see why they would be against it because you are saving electricity, and if they are paying the electric bill, you would think they would be thankful that you are trying to save them money.

The other alternative is to hang your clothing out at night, this way it's not visible.
post #19 of 24
I can't believe they would have a problem with hanging your clothes on your balcony!! Man... Ive never heard the clothesline laws, thank god!
post #20 of 24
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Originally Posted by theimp98 View Post
well that could be the problem then.
Dry the hmm female things with the jeans and stuff and see if you get a different answer
I was wondering the same thing!
post #21 of 24
Actually, I have to say that having a clothesline in a backyard and having clothes strewn across balconies of an apartment building really do seem like two different things IMO. If the apartment dweller had an umbrella type clothesline and the clothing wasn't just hanging over the sides of the balcony I wouldn't have a problem with that.
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by pushylady View Post
The lady who used to live across the hall used to dry her clothes on her balcony. Then one day the elderly man who lived next door knocked at her door and handed her a pile of her clothes that had blown off. Including several pairs of undies. She never used the balcony again!
That's great!

Regarding the OP, good luck with all this! From the sounds of it, your landlord is being a bit ridiculous.
post #23 of 24
LookingGlass check this website out and see if they could be of any help to you:
http://laundrylist.org/index2.htm

If there is not a clause in your lease that forbids this then by all means fight it.
post #24 of 24
I live in a row house with a patch of grass. I can put up a clothesline but am supposed to take it down each time this is cuz mgmt. is afraid someone will walk into it. Nonsense, I'm in an enclosed court. Theres no place to walk to. Its all aesthics.I just leave it up. Let them write me up if they want to. Stupic rules. Keep on fighting.
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