Is the landlord responsible for the correct wiring of the breaker boxes?

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Is the landlord responsible for the correct wiring of the breaker boxes?

I come to find out after living on the property for a year that my electrical breaker box is not only supplying electricity to my home but also supplying my neighbors home with electricity.What are my rights?

Asked on July 16, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Florida

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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of most States in this country, the landlord of a residence is responsible to his or her tenants for providing a safe and habitable place to live. This would include having the unit up to code and making sure that all feature are in proper order.

Most homes have their own separate meter boxes for electricity so that one occupant of a home is not paying for the electricity use of their neighbor and vice versa.

There is a difference between one electrical meter providing a read for one or more homes versus an electric breaker box supplying electricity to more than one unit.

Is the electrical breaker box unsafe? If the breaker box is not safe, then the landlord is obligated to make sure it is in proper order. For further reference, read your lease regarding the obligations of the landlord to you. Does the landlord pay for the electrical use or do you?

If you have been overpaying on your electrical bill by paying for the neighbors use, you need to tell your landlord about this and ask for a refund from him with interest for what you overpaid.


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