My question is about your reliance on the assertion that laundry facilities were in the apartment..
My question is: is there a place set aside to "hookup" (e.g. appropriate space, drain, water supply, power and dryer vent for) a washer and dryer) in your apartment? And did you inspect the apt before renting..and did he advertise it as such, etc.
If NO.. it could be questionable..to do anything and might be a simple mistake..
If Yes it was a reasonable expectation that you should have them in your apartment in the appropriate space. and it is a breach of the lease for the landlord to not allow you unfettered access to a washer and dryer.. (albiet if he gives you a key to the basement to use the shared facilities it might eliminate your damages) This is also a potenital violation of the Michigan Consumers Protection Act which will allow you damages.. and attorneys fees. You could deduct the cost of renting the items from the rent until he provides the washer. However, exercising your rights will piss off your landlord and he will probably not want to renew the lease after it is over.
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