Posted by Rita in MA on June 09, 2000 at 13:05:23:
In Reply to: Re: Refrigerator requirements in a no-lease apartment posted by none on June 08, 2000 at 17:20:43:
: It is unethical to rent a place advertised with a kitchen but not to include a refrigerator. I cannot believe that laws allow this. People (landlords) can be such bad people...which is, unfortunately, why we need more laws. Here's to a law that says you have a right to a fridge!
You're missing the point, my dear. A refrierator is the single most energy hungry device in a home (it's on 24/7) and refrigerators vary so much in terms of bells and whistles. And unlike a sink or stove, a refrigerator is portable in the same way that a piece of furniture is. Allowing people to pick their own refrigerator gives them some control over their utility bill. It's not about being a bad person, it's about giving people some say over their home and bills. As long as it is clear to the tenant, there is nothing unethical about it. Here, (MA) tenants generally don't expect a refrgerator with an apartment unless you're in one of those large complexes.
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