Is the Landlord Responsible for Fixing a Washing Machine?

Repair man fixing a broken washing machine

Are you a landlord or tenant wondering if the landlord is responsible for fixing or replacing a broken washing machine in a rental property?

It’s an important question. But don’t worry—we’ve got the answer!

Landlords are responsible for repairing or replacing a washing machine if the appliance is included in the tenancy agreement. Washing machines not included in the tenancy agreement will need to be repaired or replaced by the tenant.

However, if the washing machine breaks due to misuse or neglect on the tenant’s part, then the tenant is responsible for repairs. For example, if the tenant overloads the washing machine or fails to perform regular maintenance, they are liable for the costs associated with fixing the problem.

If a tenant or landlord needs help determining who is responsible for fixing a washing machine issue, they can contact the tenant’s deposit protection scheme.

Both the tenant and landlord must fulfil their parts of the rental contract if a property is going to operate well.

Having a broken washing machine can be a considerable inconvenience. Not only does it mean having to hand-wash clothes or travel to the nearest launderette, but it is also generally disruptive to daily life.

It can take up valuable time and effort and cause a nuisance to the laundry routine.

All in all, a broken washing machine can be a significant nuisance.

This blog post will look at what steps should be taken to resolve the issue quickly and how landlords and tenants can benefit from a clear understanding of their rights and responsibilities.

By the end of this post, you should better understand what is expected of landlords and tenants when it comes to broken washing machines in rental properties.

Finally, we will discuss tips for preventing washing machine problems in the future.

Tenants Should Check if White Goods Are in Tenancy Agreement

White goods, such as fridges and washing machines, are expensive items to purchase and cost hundreds of pounds. Therefore, it’s essential to identify whether these items are included in a tenancy agreement before signing on the dotted line.

All the items included in the property should be clearly outlined, so ensure you get everything.

If you need clarification, please ask the landlord or letting agent directly. They should be able to tell you precisely what is and isn’t included.

If white goods are not included in the tenancy agreement, and you would prefer to have them, it is worth finding out if the landlord can provide them.

If not, it’s essential to factor the cost of purchasing these items into your budget. 

White goods are essential for any home, so check if they are included in the tenancy agreement before signing.


If you want to rent a home that includes white goods, it’s vital to ensure that the list of appliances is identified within the rental agreement.

Therefore, if the appliances need to be repaired or replaced, you will not receive any unexpected bills.


Before advertising your rental property, you should consider whether you would like to include white goods and other items before listing your property as unfurnished, fully furnished or part-furnished.

Thinking about the type of tenant you would like to get is an excellent place to start.

How Quickly Should a Landlord Fix a Washing Machine?

Landlords should fix any issues threatening the tenant’s health within two weeks. Therefore, a landlord should act quickly to repair a washing machine if it is included in the inventory. 

As soon as a landlord receives notice of a broken washing machine, they must investigate and determine the cause of the problem as quickly as possible.

They should contact a qualified appliance repair technician to assess the issue and provide an estimate of repair costs. Depending on the fault, repairs can often be completed on the same day. But if the repair requires replacement parts or is more complex, it may take longer.

Depending on the repair cost and the washing machine’s age, the landlord may consider buying a replacement.

Common causes of washing machine problems include coins, hairclips, or keys stuck in the drain pipe. If this is the case, then the landlord should be able to rectify it quickly.

These steps will help keep your tenants happy by ensuring their washing machine is up and running as soon as possible.

Reporting Repairs to the Landlord

Tenants must report any problems or faults with their rental property to their landlord or letting agent as soon as they become aware of the issue. This will help to ensure that the issue is fixed quickly and easily and will help to prevent any further damage or disruption to the property.

Furthermore, reporting any problems to the landlord or letting agent promptly will also help protect the tenant’s legal rights and ensure that potential disputes are resolved promptly and cost-effectively.

When Is a Tenant Responsible for Fixing a Washing Machine?

Tenants who have purchased and supplied their washing machines will be responsible for any repair work needed. However, remember that any damage caused by water leaks will also be their responsibility. So tenants must stop using the appliance and get repairs done quickly before causing any damage to the property.

Tenants should keep their appliances well-maintained and in good working order to reduce risks.

This will help to ensure that their property is kept in tip-top condition.

Tips for Preventing Washing Machine Problems

Firstly, it is vital to ensure that new washing machines are installed correctly and securely so they are not at risk of causing leaks or other types of damage.

Secondly, ensuring that your washing machine is regularly serviced and maintained is a good idea. Again, a professional should do this and include checking the hoses and pipes for any signs of wear and tear.

Thirdly, please ensure you have the necessary instructions and information on how to use the washing machine and any regular maintenance needed.

Finally, be careful not to overload the machine, and make sure there are no loose items in any pockets that could potentially damage the device when turned on.

By following these tips, you can help protect yourself from any potential issues down the line and keep your washing machine in top condition.

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Wrapping Up

For landlords who provide white goods, you have certain obligations to ensure the safety of your tenants. This includes appliance repair.

Appliances often require maintenance and repair, and as a landlord, it is your responsibility to ensure that these repairs are done quickly. If necessary, you should hire a professional to perform the repairs.

I would also like you to stay on top of any potential appliance issues and address them as soon as possible. Remember, the safety of your tenants is paramount, so make sure you take the necessary steps to keep them safe.

Tenants who supply their white goods are ultimately responsible for any repairs needed. Therefore, please ensure that your appliances are well-maintained and in good working order to reduce the risk of damage to the property.

Andy Walker

Andy Walker is a property investor and landlord with over 20 years of experience, providing free education to help others start or improve their Buy-To-Let business.

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