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There is nothing in Texas Landlord and Tenant law, Texas Property Code Title 8 Chapters 91 and 92 that gives the Landlord the right to restrict the use of the washing machine and dryer in your Unit. Also, if the Landlord provided the washer and dryer as part of your rent, the Landlord cannot charge you additional fees for their use.
You can file complaint against the Landlord with the Texas Attorney General's office.
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Your wife has no obligation to explain to the management why she uses her laundry at a particular time or why she prepares next day meal at night. Her apartment is for own use for normal and legal things, which doing laundry and preparing meals fall under. The management has no right to dictate how you and your family should conduct yourself inside your apartment when you are just conducting normal activities.
You should give a written notice to your Landlord/property management that your rights as Tenants are being infringed upon by the restrictions, that you pay rent and have legal possession of the premises and can cook and do laundry when you want because you are not making any unusual noise that is associated with living in apartment complex. That if your neighbor is disturbed about the normal noise, then the neighbor should go and live in a single-family house.
You should also file complaint with your Attorney General's office and/or file lawsuit against the Landlord in your Justice of Peace Courts for these restrictions. You can obtain complaint forms at the Courthouse in the Clerk's office.