Rules regarding drilling wall for dryer vent?

Hi all, we recently replaced our very woeful condenser dryer for a conventional hosed unit, and are currently putting said hose out of the back door as it's situated close to it, but in the interests of heat retention I'd rather not have to do this, plus leaving it shut makes it too hot and humid inside.

My enquiry is do you need permission to drill through to outside and fit a vent, as I have the knowhow to do it properly and it could be reversible in future if necessary, but your usual search engines are coming up with some ambiguity on the subject. 

It's a rented property through newtide homes which also involves flagship if that helps.

Many thank in advance.
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  • Murmansk
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    Seems to me this involves asking your landlord - don't know what flagship means.
  • GrumpyDil
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    If it's a rented property shouldn't that be your starting point anyway? 
  • Speaking to the housing people will be my first port of call, it just came to me about it a few minutes ago so thought I would ask anyway.
  • silvercar
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    My condenser dryer is far better than my previously hosed one.
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    edited 29 December 2023 at 10:22PM
    silvercar said:
    My condenser dryer is far better than my previously hosed one.
    We had the old and I mean ancient conventional vented one in the shed, then when that threw a bearing we got a new one on rental from hughes which was condenser and rearranged the dining room to bring it indoors, it broke down 3 times in as many months so we asked for a vented one, maybe we were just unlucky.
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    Speaking to the housing people will be my first port of call, it just came to me about it a few minutes ago so thought I would ask anyway.
    Planning permission & building regulations do not normally apply to vents unless it is a listed property. A leasehold property would require freeholder consent. A rental property will certainly need written permission from the landlord.
    That said, if you have a side window next to the door, the sealed unit could be popped out and replaced with an insulated panel. Dead easy to put a hole through it, and the panel would be easily replaced when you move out (did the same with my back door when I fitted a cat flap).

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  • silvercar said:
    My condenser dryer is far better than my previously hosed one.
    We had the old and I mean ancient conventional vented one in the shed, then when that threw a bearing we got a new one on rental from hughes which was condenser and rearranged the dining room to bring it indoors, it broke down 3 times in as many months so we asked for a vented one, maybe we were just unlucky.
    I think you are just unlucky. My beko condenser has been going for 11 years. 
    Drilling a hole through the wall of a property is a big deal. If you don't own it I would expect the answer to be no. 
  • grumbler
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    edited 30 December 2023 at 8:12AM

    Hi all, we recently replaced our very woeful condenser dryer for a conventional hosed unit...

    My enquiry is do you need permission to drill through to outside and fit a vent,....
    Any reasonable person would start with an enquiry, not buying a new dryer.
    If I were your landlord, I wouldn't give you my permission.

  • ThisIsWeird
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    edited 30 December 2023 at 8:37AM
    Hi all, we recently replaced our very woeful condenser dryer for a conventional hosed unit, and are currently putting said hose out of the back door as it's situated close to it, but in the interests of heat retention I'd rather not have to do this, plus leaving it shut makes it too hot and humid inside.

    My enquiry is do you need permission to drill through to outside and fit a vent, as I have the knowhow to do it properly and it could be reversible in future if necessary, but your usual search engines are coming up with some ambiguity on the subject. 

    It's a rented property through newtide homes which also involves flagship if that helps.

    Many thank in advance.
    Running a vented TD with its outlet aimed inside the house will almost certainly cause damp and mould issues. If your LL knew you were doing this on occasion, they'd have words.
    There are three types of TD, two if which do not require a vent hose, so I suspect - like those above - they are unlikely to give permission for you to drill a hole through their property.
    Are heat-pump types reliable? They can be bought for under £500, and running costs are half that of the others - you should recoup the purchase premium in a few years.
    Failing that, the idea above of temporarily swapping a window glazing unit with an insulated panel through which the hose could be vented might be getawayablewith.
  • grumbler
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    Hi all, we recently replaced our very woeful condenser dryer for a conventional hosed unit, and are currently putting said hose out of the back door as it's situated close to it, but in the interests of heat retention I'd rather not have to do this, plus leaving it shut makes it too hot and humid inside.

    My enquiry is do you need permission to drill through to outside and fit a vent, as I have the knowhow to do it properly and it could be reversible in future if necessary, but your usual search engines are coming up with some ambiguity on the subject. 

    It's a rented property through newtide homes which also involves flagship if that helps.

    Many thank in advance.
    ...
    There are three types of TD, two if which do not require a vent hose, ....

    I'd say two. Heat pump TDs are essentially the same condensing TDs, just more energy efficient (and more slow).
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