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Electrical Wiring and Landlord Tenants Rights

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

We keep tripping a breaker and found that 7 lights and plugs all run off the GFI plug in the bath room. The apartment is about 60 years old. Is this electrical wiring normal?

Landlord and Tenants Rights Electrical Wiring Issues

Question: We keep tripping a breaker and found that 7 lights and plugs both in the bathroom and down in the living room all run off the GFI plug in the bath room. If the GFI plug trips off then all the items are off. The apartment is about 60 years old.  Is this electrical wiring normal?

This electrical question came from: Terry, a Tenant from San Diego, CA

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Terry.
Terry this is an indication that wiring in the apartment has become overloaded. While the original circuit wring may have been acceptable when this 60 year old apartment building was first built, it definitely does not provide the circuits and capacity that is required  for today’s lifestyle.  This is an indication that the owner of the property may want to consider upgrading the electrical system. The landlord may or may not be obligated to upgrade the electrical wiring depending on the local building codes, however the general electrical safety items would include GFI Protection and Smoke Detectors in the required areas. Notify the landlord of the situation. You may also consult your local agency about tenant rights for more information.

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3 Responses to “Electrical Wiring and Landlord Tenants Rights”
  1. Patricia says:

    We live in an apartment complex in Riverside county, CA. Each unit has a concrete patio on the lower level apartments, and wood patios on the upper level. On the patio there is an electric socket (I assume it’s for electric grills, etc.) There is no waterproof covering over the socket, but it’s under the overhang of the patio cover.

    We like to wash off the patio from time to time with a hose to keep it clean (we’re on the lower level). Is it okay to have the kind of socket on the outside of the building with no waterproof cover on it? I believe it could be dangerous to use the hose on the patio with the open socket there, and there is no switch to turn it off.

    Thanks for your answer.

  2. KIM says:

    hi – i am renting a house that I love, its old and the phone jack is like 50 years old.. is this on me to pay for to replace/repair since the phone bill is in my name? Also the landlord put heating tape on so their crappy job of roofing wont leak, now that is on my electric bill… should this really be my burden to bare? I am on fixed income and dont really feel this is my responsibility yet its on my phone and electric bills.


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