Am I liable for a high electric bill if my unit has been improperly wired?

I have had many electical issue with the apartment I have lived in for the past 11 months. I am now moving. She had the boxes rewired and new smart meters put in. There were 2 meters and now there are 3. I believe she had the the property crosswired. My electric bill has been very high. Is there any way to prove this and recoup the money I have paid for her other tenants electricity?

Asked on September 2, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Oklahoma

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you can show that you were being charged for electricity used by other units or residents without your consent, you could potentially recover some of your bills. However, given that the only way to show this would be by hiring a licensed electrician to inspect the wiring, then paying for  his/her time to testify in a court case, you would almost certainly spend far more pursuing this case than you could recover.


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