I've been living in the same apartment for
six years and every year I get a brief visit
from the landlord.
This year was a visit by three unhappy strangers
that spent three minutes looking around. Any idea
why they do it? Thanks.
On Sun, 12 May 2013 10:37:11 -0700 (PDT), geo pearl
I agree with the others.
This year, he may be considering selling the building to them and they
want to see it first. Whether they buy it or not, they'll tell the
ll what they see that is bad.
I had a roommate and a leaking radiator in his room, but he was too
low-class to tell me, the lease-holder, that the radiator was leaking.
He let it ruin 3 or 4 square feet of parquet floor, plus he almost
ruined my blanket that he took from a closet to soak up the water. I
learned this after I kicked him out, for other reasons. I should
have done inspections of his room.
Similar thing happened to me at an apartment I used to live in. A short
notice inspection, with several people walking through. They were decent
about it and gave me the option to refuse, so I let them walk through.
They turned out to be buyers.
Glad I didn't live there much longer as the new owners were real amateurs.
They (a married couple, he was a fancy dandy that looked like he had
never had dirty hands his entire adult life) thought they could upgrade
to three prong electric receptacles by attaching the ground to the
receptacle box! She insisted that since the box was metal, it was a
ground. It was very hard not to laugh at her when I told her that she may
find that there was substantially more to it than that.
> hard not to laugh at her when I told her that she may find that there
> was substantially more to it than that.
I don't think it even needs to be metal conduit.
You'll find that there are different building codes for commercial
buildings like apartment blocks and office buildings than there are for
houses. At least that's the case here in Canada.
For example, in a house, you're only required to use Type M copper tube
for the supply piping, whereas in an apartment block (in Canada at
least), you need to use Type L, which is a bit thicker wall.
For commercial buildings in Canada, the wiring has to be done with
Even though the armored cable in my building has an aluminum strip
inside it (that I was told could be used as a ground wire), I've never
seen that strip used as a ground. The electrical contractors that wired
my building in 1960 simply ran a short green ground wire from each
electrical outlet or switch to a grounding screw inside the electrical
box. They were effectively relying on the steel armor of the cable to
act as the ground wire.
In fact, that green ground wire was probably only required by code since
the steel screws used to mount the receptacles and switches to the
electrical boxes would have effectively grounded them to the electrical
boxes as well. (It's just that using those screws as the grounding wire
wouldn't pass an electrical inspection.)
So, I agree with Attila on this one. If it was an apartment block, it
was most likely wired with armored cable, and upgrading to three prong
polarized receptacles could have been done by simply installing the new
receptacles and relying on the cable armour to act as the ground wire.
I'm not an electrician, and I expect an electrical inspector could want
to see a dedicated ground wire, but that's what's commonly done here in
Canada, and it hasn't caused any problems as a result.
my understanding is not because of problem between you and landlord,
but rather, third party is involved, looking over landlord's shoulder
so to speak. each state's legal requirements and for insurance
reasons. Don't inspect, no insurance.
# my understanding is not because of problem between you and landlord,
# but rather, third party is involved, looking over landlord's shoulder
# so to speak. each state's legal requirements and for insurance
# reasons. Don't inspect, no insurance.
Landlord inspections serve 2 purposes
1) Allow landlord to look for problems that need fixing
2) Allow landlord to check that facility is not being abused / dammed by
I require quarterly inspections in my leases
And every time I do a fix or upgrade allows me to do another as well.
I was a landlord for 25 years and I wish I had followed your
post. It would need to be written into the lease, pointed out
to the prospective tenant and initialled separately by them
and the penalties for failing to comply spelled out....and
If I had done that, I would be many dollars ahead right now...
Indeed, such clauses are standard in the lease.
I also found that if you are are quite prompt with a repair and then ask if
anything else is getting wonky, after a while the tenant gets used to you
being around to see what needs fixing.
Half the time, I don't even need to inspect.
They'll come to me and mention that a faucet is getting ready to drip
because it's getting harder to close.
Some of my tenants actually do some of the smaller repairs for me as long as
I supply the parts. Kind of nice to get a call that the bathroom sink hot
water is starting to drip, and do I have a replacement washer for it ?
I have tried to standardize all my fixtures over time, so that I have
basically the same parts for all the units.
That also allows me to keep a box full of spare parts with my master list of
what goes where.
It's always easier if you can look up what is needed where and the reach
into a box that has a couple of spares.
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