I am a student in a European country, and I rent a room in the student residence in the University. Among the conditions listed in the rental contract, there is a clause which stipulates that I should not use electrical appliances except for those which are provided with the room, in addition to the computer. I have a personal washing machine, and before I was certain about this clause, I was using it, because it is very expensive to use the laundromat here. My question is: is it permissible to use electrical appliances when there is this clause? Please note that there is a real need for these appliances and the people in charge of the residence do not agree to take extra rent in return for allowing us to use these appliances.
Praise be to Allaah.
If it is stipulated in the rental contract that you should
not use any electrical appliances except those that are supplied with the
accommodation, then you have to adhere to this condition, and it is not
permissible for you to use your personal washing machine unless the people
in charge agree to that, because the basic principle is that you are obliged
to fulfil agreements and adhere to conditions. Allaah says (interpretation
of the meaning): “O you who believe! Fulfil (your) obligations”
[al-Maa’idah 5:1. And the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon
him) said: “The Muslims are bound by their obligations.” Narrated by Abu
Dawood (3594). Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.
This condition that you mention is usually stipulated in
student residences so as to avoid serious problems. Based on the large
numbers of students in the residences, if each of them were allowed to use
whatever electrical appliances he wants to, the circuits would not be able
to bear this heavy load, which would lead to frequent outages and that would
harm the students or cause a fire.
This confirms that you have to adhere to this condition.