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I have a tenant who has repeatedly disreguarded requests not to leave laundry unattended in the common laundry area. Although I explained this is a violation of the lease and a hazard she continues to leave unattended piles of clothes. What's my best next move? Lock out the laundry machines, threaten non-renewal, throw the clothes in the garbage?

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Does this common area laundry serve more tenants than just her?  If so, instruct all tenants that they are free to remove any unattended laundry from the machines and just stick it in a trash bag on the floor for the owner to retrieve.  After once or twice of having either wet, mildewed clothes in a bag or wrinkled clothes, she should learn.  Also send her a copy of the letter, with instructions to all tenants that unattended laundry will be removed.  I had a tenant that had problems with the laundry too.  She refused to ever clean the lint traps.  Despite numerous warnings about what a fire hazard this was, she refused to learn.  Once her clothes were removed each time, she soon learned.

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Yes, this laundry serves two units. There are posted signs that say keep the area clean and unattended laundry may be thrown out. The rules are posted clearly. I have bagged her clothes, and given all sorts of warnings, she is a slow learner!

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