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#108131 - 05/24/04 12:40 PM Rental Property
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A landlord called us stating some sporadic power outages were happening... Upon arrival the tenant informed me that her 10 year old daughter had received a really nasty shock from the loose outlet... She also informed me that she had an attorney & was going after the landlord for this among other things... She also informed me that a permit was never pulled when this house was turned into a duplex! Needless to say I didn't touch a thing here except to turn off the circuit going to the daughters bedroom & advised them to contact the housing authority regarding this mess! I informed the landlord I was unable to make any repairs & advised him to contact his tenant for further information...


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#108132 - 05/24/04 12:57 PM Re: Rental Property
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Registered: 03/06/04
Posts: 352
Loc: Boston, MA
You got more guts than I; I wouldn't even touch that FPE panelboard. I'd be too worried that if I took off the cover, all the breakers would come out with it....

Is that AC/MC feeding those spot lights in the first picture...?

As an aside, the tenant may not be an electrician, and it may not even be their responsibility to make any repairs at all, but it sure wouldn't be hard to buy and mount some 50ยข cover-plates to help safe-guard her kid.

#108133 - 05/24/04 04:56 PM Re: Rental Property
Lostazhell Offline
Registered: 02/21/04
Posts: 1248
Loc: Bakersfield, CA (Originally Or...
Big John...
I was verrrrrrry careful taking that dead front off... The tenant told me that another tenant had been "screwing around" in there, which is the only reason I wanted to take a peek...

I wish I had a zoom on my digicam.. Thats romex feeding the spot lights...

Aside from the missing faceplates, the outlet below the mirror is the one her daughter got "lit up" off of.. she told be it's just been hanging like that since she moved in! & the landlord has done nothing about it.. She also unplugged her daughter hairdryer from it & the whole thing came out of the box! Even worse, it's "push & pray" connected! I hope this landlord gets everything coming to him for leaving things like this!!!
I don't know if its different anyplace else, but here, when you rent, the landlord is responsible for all repairs.. If a tenant breaks something, he can back-charge them for the costs...

#108134 - 06/05/04 09:37 AM Re: Rental Property
Lostazhell Offline
Registered: 02/21/04
Posts: 1248
Loc: Bakersfield, CA (Originally Or...
This place has been red-tagged.. (suprise, yeah I know! ) The landlord is now trying to sue the tenant that brought all this up for leaving the place during a lease.. This guy is a moron! If its red tagged, No one can live there! LMAO!


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