quick question for those more experienced than i with apartment leases and tennant rights...
we've lived at this apartment for two months now, and have been struggling to get hot water the entire time. we figured since eight apartments share the same water heater it was just running out. however, me getting home at 2am and still having cold water quickly killed that theory.
what's actually happening is that the circuit blows out whenever more than one water source is going (even if it's cold water) and it will also blow at random. you have to reset the breaker(s), and hope that they actually stay set for 30 minutes or so. and if you reset the breaker less than five minutes after it blows, you run the risk of electric shock (i've been shocked twice).
when we would call the office to complain about it, we were always told they were in the process of getting someone to fix it. finally last week, we learned from the mantainence guy that it is a problem with the breaker box that he doesn't know how to fix. the next day the office finally sent an electrician to fix the box.
the problem now lies in he only fixed half the problem. he fixed the wiring that directly involves the water heater circuit, however, he left the wiring that supplies the water heater (and the washer for that matter) with its power as is. the result is that that circuit continually blows.
when we called the office a few minutes ago to let them know, they said they had done all they can do. when we offered them a little more light onto what's happening, they accused us (the tennants as a group) of illegal tamering of the circuit breaker.
my question is this; if the breaker/hot water issue doesn't get fixed, do we have some kind of legal recourse?
thanks for any input.