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Old 09.08.2017, 19:41
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Hanging Out Washing to dry ??

I know this may seem a bit of a strange question, however I was wondering if it is okay to hang washing out to dry in the garden of our house...??

None of our neighbours or any one else seems to do it where we live (Canton Vaud)...?? Well apart from us that is...

Is it just because they all have tumble dryers, or cellars they use for drying their clothes.... or is there some odd by-law against it or something?

No one has complained so far, so I guess it's okay....

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Re: Hanging Out Washing to dry ??

This must be settled in the contract with the landlord (attachments).
If unsure , ask your landlord, but i doubt it will be allowed.
You got a cellar to dry your clothing or a tumble dryer ??
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Re: Hanging Out Washing to dry ??

I hang my washing on my terrace all the time, as do do our neighbors.

Our contract stipulates it's forbidden to dry clothes insides, and the house is somewhat damp and mouldy to begin with. But outside is obviously fine.

Is your garden private? If yes, no worries you can hang your laundry to dry there! If it's shared between the tenants however, that's a bit more delicate.
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Re: Hanging Out Washing to dry ??

I must say I have never heard of it being forbidden to hang washing out to dry in Switzerland except on Sunday or other feast days.
In the 'backyard' of older houses there were several parallel washing lines and a metal bar to hang carpets over to beat them. Then a small flat metal surface for doormats. In winter the washing was often hung in the 'attic'. Heat rises and without central heating the cellar was cool and maybe damp too. Free fitness training. Carrying wet washing from the laundry in the basement up four or five storeys to the attic.

Then along came the Stewi. Often all one sees normally is hole in the ground which it fits into. Our Stewi lives in the laundry when it is not being used.
Tumble dryers came along later...

I dry a lot of my laundry on the balcony but I've heard complaints about this being 'unattractive". Cannot remember where though.

Interesting was when we lived in Alpthal. There was often a strong wind and I had to weigh the foot of the washing stand down on one side. At lunchtime each day the wind turned 180° and it blew the stand over in the opposite direction if I didn't swap the weight over.

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Re: Hanging Out Washing to dry ??

Depends on the property I guess as well as anything that might be stipulated in the rental contract. When we rented I had a washer and dryer, but often preferred to finish drying my clothes by hanging them on a drying rack either indoors in the winter or outside on the patio in the summer.

The house we own now has its laundry room in the basement so I have several washing lines to hang my clothes up on. Having never experienced this before we bought the house and needing a new washing machine anyway I bought a combined washer/dryer just in case, but have never really used the dryer part much. Since the central heating boiler is in the laundry room as well it keeps the room nice and warm in the winter so clothes dry just as well as in the summer.
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Re: Hanging Out Washing to dry ??

I would imagine it would also depend on local regulations. I know when I first arrived in Geneva, it was forbidden to hang clothes outside and remember hearing a story that the police even turned up to fine an acquaintance the princely sum of 5 CHF.
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This must be settled in the contract with the landlord (attachments).
If unsure , ask your landlord, but i doubt it will be allowed.
You got a cellar to dry your clothing or a tumble dryer ??
Why would it not be allowed? If it is a house with a garden then it's probably fine.
Check the rental agreement to see if it's specifically mentioned in there OP.
There are plenty of people around here who dry washing outside.
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Re: Hanging Out Washing to dry ??

Also never knew:
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Re: Hanging Out Washing to dry ??

Well, I'm in the German part of Switzerland, but here I never heard about a problem with people drying washing in the garden.

But why don't you just ask your neighbours? It's a good opportunity to get in contact (and answer the secret, why you never saw any washing there), maybe the will laugh and finally you end up with a glass of wine together...

Oh, laundry. There's a little book from Hugo Lötscher (a Swiss writer) which reveals the Swiss mentality in a funny way (slightly sarcastic). It's name is "Der Waschküchenschlüssel oder was, wenn Gott Schweizer wäre".
The book was given to me by a German friend who lives in Switzerland, he said it's mandantory reading for foreigners :-)

The title story is about the shared laundry room phenomenon in Switzerland

http://www.uzh.ch/fvhist/etu/rezensi..._Loetscher.pdf
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Re: Hanging Out Washing to dry ??

Of course you can dry washing in your garden with the onyl exception being not on Sundays or on public holidays.

I have never heard of any such by-laws forbiding this, very difficult to enforce, all you need to do is mention ecology and energy saving, no commune has a leg to stand on
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I would imagine it would also depend on local regulations. I know when I first arrived in Geneva, it was forbidden to hang clothes outside and remember hearing a story that the police even turned up to fine an acquaintance the princely sum of 5 CHF.
it would be interesting to know exactly what was forbidden. Clothes 'outside' on a balcony? Clothes hung in a 'garden' or 'courtyard'? Clothes on a private washing stand? Clothes at the front of the building?

Many flats have a 'bar' about 30cm long which hangs downwards roughly at head level on a balcony wall which can be clipped to horizontal, used for airing clothes worn once before they are put away. (In the days of 'Sunday Best' and certainly no 'own washing machine' and tumble drier to make washing every time an article was worn practical.)
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Old 09.08.2017, 21:41
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Thanks everyone, useful posts. I hadn't thought of checking our rental contract - which I guess was an obvious place to look in hindsight. I could ask the neighbours but they are all internationals renting too and we've been here the longest now....

If the 5 CHF fine story turns out to be true then I guess it will be worth the risk... we just need to get away with it a couple of times and I will probably have covered the fine from the saving on the electricity bill by not using the tumble dryer...

Have a good evening all.

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it would be interesting to know exactly what was forbidden. Clothes 'outside' on a balcony? Clothes hung in a 'garden' or 'courtyard'? Clothes on a private washing stand? Clothes at the front of the building?

Many flats have a 'bar' about 30cm long which hangs downwards roughly at head level on a balcony wall which can be clipped to horizontal, used for airing clothes worn once before they are put away. (In the days of 'Sunday Best' and certainly no 'own washing machine' and tumble drier to make washing every time an article was worn practical.)
I had to thank Longbyt for the "Sunday-best" comment. It made me think of my flares and polyester shirts from the 70's....

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Old 09.08.2017, 22:47
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Re: Hanging Out Washing to dry ??

I live on an estate built in 3 phases, I have lived in two of the areas and both my contracts expressly forbid me hanging washing out on the balcony or terrace to dry. The first phase was built around 1985, the second 1993, the last around 1998.

Each of the blocks of 6 apartments has 2 drying rooms with de-humidifier systems. It works, and the prude that doesn't want to see my clothes drying is satisfied.

The apartments are owned by different people / companies, but have a common administrator / agency. It might be a Gemeinde / Commune regulation, I have no idea.

N'owt so queer as the Fribourgoise folk.... the Canton of Vaud is only 2 Km away.
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Old 09.08.2017, 23:06
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Re: Hanging Out Washing to dry ??

Do you live in a multi-family apartment complex, or a duplex or a single family home or what? If it is a single family home, I'm sure you can do whatever you want.

I live in a duplex on the upper floor and my landlord lives down below. Once I saw that he set up a drying rack outside in the sun, I just went ahead and hung my rugs, bedspreads, etc. over the balcony railing and there has never been a problem. Smaller items just hang in the bathroom where the washer\dryer is located, i.e. not outside where anyone can see.

If it is an apartment complex, there will be rules. Just ask the neighbors if it is allowed.
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N'owt so queer as the Fribourgoise folk.... the Canton of Vaud is only 2 Km away.

Far less than that, they have a common border to start with !
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Re: Hanging Out Washing to dry ??

Yes, I think most people know they share a border, it is about 2 km from our appartments, maybe less - it really doesn't matter very much.
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Yes, I think most people know they share a border, it is about 2 km from our appartments, maybe less - it really doesn't matter very much.
I was mentioning your statement that Canton of Vaud was 2km away; it is not, it is adjoining
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it would be interesting to know exactly what was forbidden. Clothes 'outside' on a balcony? Clothes hung in a 'garden' or 'courtyard'? Clothes on a private washing stand? Clothes at the front of the building?

Many flats have a 'bar' about 30cm long which hangs downwards roughly at head level on a balcony wall which can be clipped to horizontal, used for airing clothes worn once before they are put away. (In the days of 'Sunday Best' and certainly no 'own washing machine' and tumble drier to make washing every time an article was worn practical.)
In Geneva it's forbidden in the local by-laws to hang washing in public view after 10 am, and also air bedding after this time. This would include balconies and front gardens (if you had one) but not rear gardens as long as they don't adjoin a public right-of-way.
Most people ignore this though; which can be blooming' annoying if you're walking along a path and then some selfish so-and-so decides to throw their duvet over the balcony railing and shower you with heaven only knows what.
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In Geneva it's forbidden in the local by-laws to hang washing in public view after 10 am, and also air bedding after this time. This would include balconies and front gardens (if you had one) but not rear gardens as long as they don't adjoin a public right-of-way.
Exactly! That's why, in post 11, I asked for more detail when it was said that in Geneva it is forbidden to hang stuff outside. Period. I thought there might be more to it than that.
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Re: Hanging Out Washing to dry ??

So you hang it out at midnight and make sure it's down at 09:59.

Makes sense.

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Exactly! That's why, in post 11, I asked for more detail when it was said that in Geneva it is forbidden to hang stuff outside. Period. I thought there might be more to it than that.
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