Electrical Wiring and Landlord Tenants Rights
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, California.
Thanks for your electrical question Terry.
Terry this is an indication that wiring in the apartment has become overloaded. While the original circuit wiring 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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