Tenant's Rights / Electrical work question - Hudson County NJ
September 15, 2013 3:57 PM Subscribe
While I was dusting the blades on one of our ceiling fan/light units it made a loud grinding/zapping noise and fiery sparks flew out. Needless to say it is now turned off at the wall and will stay that way until an electrician takes a look at it.
Short version: our landlord doesn't want to send an electrician. I on the other hand do not want to be electrocuted or burn the building down. Is there a ballpark figure for how much an electrician might charge to inspect/repair the fan? And has anyone had experience with similar tenant/landlord issues in Hudson County NJ?
posted by blu_stocking to law & government (5 answers total)
I called our landlord and he doesn't want to send an electrician. He just wants to send "his guy." This guy has doe work on our apartment before and there is NO WAY I trust that he has the knowledge or integrity to ensure the fan is safe. So I asked the landlord to send an "actual electrician." He doesn't want to - says he would have to "find" one - says we will have to wait a while (a "while" in our apartment building repair universe usually = "never").
So I said I would prefer to "find" one myself and take the repair out of the rent (which I believe is legal in NJ, according to this site
) At this point our landlord said he would put us out on the street and hung up. Now I'm googling tenant's rights, local electricians AND apartment listings...
By the way, shouldn't our circuit breaker have tripped?