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Falling laundry a constant annoyance

Garbage from upper floors worry residents

  • By Subhasis Mukherjee, Gulf News Reader
  • Published: 00:00 June 12, 2012
  • Gulf News

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  • Tenants on lower floors never know when their laundry will dry as water continuously drips down on to their clothes from laundry hanging from upper floors.

Many apartment blocks in the UAE do not have an overhang between each floor, which unfortunately lets laundry, which is loosely tied on the upper floors, fall onto the laundry of the tenants below. This fall is soon followed by the unsolicited ringing of the doorbell by the owner of the fallen laundry, as they come to collect their stuff with an apologetic smile.

And the trouble does not end there, as cigarette ash, burning cigarette butts, used tissues, ring pulls from drink cans and other rubbish finds its way to the lower floors.

If the helpless victims launch a mild protest then those living on the upper floors immediately rebuff them by arguing that it was not their act, but the deed of the tenants residing further above.

Moreover, in high rise buildings, if wet laundry is hung at the same time by multiple residents on the upper floors, then those residing on the first floor never know when their laundry will dry as the water continuously drips down on to their clothes.

I think the authorities need to make it a statutory requirement that dividers be installed between every floor in order to stop others’ messes from falling onto the laundry of the occupants residing below. This requirement might also save the life of a child in case he or she should fall out of a window.

Also, the dish antennas popping out from balconies and roofs are a huge safety concern as some have been known to fly off on stormy days.

 

- The reader is chief electrical engineer at an engineering firm in Dubai.

 

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Comments (2)

  1. Added 14:35 June 12, 2012

    I thought the law in UAE restrict the drying of clothes and there is a fine hanging laundries outside.

    SMT, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 12:26 June 12, 2012

    Isn't hanging laundry on the balcony or outside the window considered breaking the law and eligible for fine in Dubai ?

    Anil Ramachandran, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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