Providing coin-ops for tenants to use in multi family situations is a wonderful convenience to the tenants.
Many of us landlords are not rolling in dough Jake, and are not picking anyone's pocket, but are trying to cover mortgages, taxes and other costs of trying to hold onto a property in a tough economy- while providing a nice home to the tenants I might add.
So, no, not everything has to always be the landlord's responsibility when the tenant agrees to other terms in the rental agreement.
"not everything has to always be the landlord's responsibility"
If you are not going to maintain the washers and dryers you need to take them out of the rentals and stop using them to entice applicants to rent. It is plain bait and switch. Then when the appliances finally do collapse the landlord should not expect the tenant to replace them. The same goes for the furnace, air conditioner, dish washer and microwave.