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Laundry machines gone, buyers want answers

Applying the law of fixtures to washers, dryers

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DEAR BOB:I recently bought a house. The seller and/or his real estate agent took all the three sets of washers and dryers in this large house before I got the keys. I think the washers and dryers are fixtures, not to be removed by the seller or the agent. What can I do about this? --Lea W. DEAR LEA: Any moveable appliance that is not permanently attached to the structure, such as by bolts or built-in like a dishwasher, is not a fixture and remains personal property. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. Unless the sales contract clearly said the washers and dryers were to remain in the house, the seller was entitled to remove that personal property along with the furniture. The law of fixtures can sometimes be difficult to apply (although not in your situation). For example, I've seen large built-in refrigerators with panel doors that match the kitchen cabinets. As a lawyer, I could argue such a refrigerator is a built-in appliance fixture automatically included in the sales price. Ho...