What is the name of your state? Kansas
I live in an apartment owned by a university. This apartment was completely renovated before we moved in in May. We signed a contract and one of the general regulations says "Washers, dryers, dishwashers, waterbeds and garbage disposals are not permitted in apartments. Existing drain lines cannot accommodate excessive water, soap or disposal discharge." This policy was written based on the old non-renovated apartments where there are no dishwashers or garbage disposals. In the renovated apartment however, the dishwashers and garbage disposals have already been installed. At that time I had assumed the drain lines have been changed to accomodate these appliances. So I spent about $1000 and bought a compact washer/dryer combo that only uses 1/3 of water regular washer uses (because it's front loading) and does not need venting (use cool water to condense water vapor to dry cloth). No installation is needed.
Then things became ugly. Several weeks I found that there was some water dripping on floor from the washer so I called the manufactory for repair service. The repair guy found that the pump was broken and ordered the part and said that he would come back later to fix the problem when the part arrived. Half an hour later I got a call from the apartment complex director and asked me if I had a washer installed because the apartment maintenance saw the repair guy and questioned him what he was doing here. He then told me that washer is not allowed in the apartment. I argued that because dishwasher and garbage disposal are used now and the drain line has been renovated why can't I use washer. He said that he would talk to his boss.
I emailed his boss my reasons of using the washer. Also I enclosed water usage data of disherwasher (15gallon/load), regular shower (27 gallon/5 minutes) and my washer (13 gallon/cycle). His boss just insist that we can't use the washer because it is on the contract. And I told him we already stopped using it since the first phone call from the apartment complex director (which was true). In his original email, he stated that "I must ask you to continue not to use the washer and would encourage you to remove it from the apartment entirely".
Then the repair man came a week later to install the new pump to the washer. This time again he was caught by the maintenance crew after he left my apartment. And now I received a letter (a registered letter) from the boss saying that (the repair man) doesn't leave me to believe that you have truly ceased using the washer and dryer" so that "I must ask you to remove the washer and dryer from your apartment no later than XXX (date). I will stop by your apartment on XXX to ensure it is removed".
I feel really unfair for the man to state that he did not believe that I had ceased using the machine just because the repair man came to fix the problem. I spend $1000 for the machine and why can't I have it fixed even I decide not to use it.
My questions are:
1) Does he (or landlord) has the right to ask me to remove the machine just because he doesn't believe me not use it anymore. He doesn't have any evidence to prove.
2) Does the landlord has the right to search my apartment for the washer?
3) The contract stated that "no washer, dryers" as well as "dishwasher and garbage disposal are permitted". But in our rrenovated apartment, the dishwasher and garbage disposal have already installed by the landlord. Is this contract still effective legally?
Thanks so much for your help.