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Question DetailsAsked on 3/22/2018

what's the reason the electricity in the house comes at a particular hour only in a certain part of the house?

I'm a tenant. My unit has a problem, the electricity out just one side of the wall to the cooking stove and the ventilating fan above the cooking stove. it's out around 6 PM and electricity on next day around 10 AM. It happened every day past 2 months. I noticed to the landlord with the problem happening specific time. But he always came between 10 AM to 2 PM to check the problem. Then he always said to me "It is working. Nothing to a problem here".

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Offhand, I can't see why power would be out during specific time like that - espeically if it is not EXACTLY the same time eery day, which might say that circuit is coming off a panel which is on a power-saving plan - but in that case usually it would be out from about 5 or 6-10 both AM and PM, during the high-usage periods.

Assuming this is a rental or normal lease (not an owned condo or zero-net lease where you might be responsible for the wiring in your unit), where the landlord is responsible for building maintenance, I would sent him a demand in writing - like eMail, where you can print out a copy, stating what the problem is and that it has persisted for about 2 months, and he has come to inspect during a time period when the problem does not occur. Therefore, you are demanding he make arrangements to come during the normal outage period (say 7:00PM to 9:00 AM to be fairly certain it will be happening) and get the problem fixed.

You could also contact your local government and find out if there is a renters advocary office or such which can help enforce complaints about not having utilities in rental units. In many cases, after X number of notices to the landlord (typically 2 or 3) if it is not fixed with a couple of days, renters are allowed to give a formal notice to the landlord that they are suspending payment until the problem is fixed - but be CERTAIN to do it by the book if your area has such regulations because cut off rent payments wrongly and you can be booted out.

This is a common ploy with some slumlords like in Chicago and NYC and particularly large cities who want to get a legal renter out of a unit, sometimes even putting out "whisper info" rumours amongst the tenants about not having to pay rent if your utilities are not working, then they turn off utilities part of the day to get renters under rent control or low rents on long term leases to cut off payment without following the proper procedure, then terminate their rental/lease for non-payment and evict them so they can up the rent (for rent-controlled units) or remodel the unit and pult it out to rent at much higher rent - or sometimes get everyone to leave or be evicted to remodel the entire building into higher-end units without having any carry-over leases to worry about.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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