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Tenant stealing electric (by Clay [OH]) Jul 5, 2011 7:42 AM
       Tenant stealing electric (by Reid [KS]) Jul 5, 2011 7:51 AM
       Tenant stealing electric (by Clay [OH]) Jul 5, 2011 8:13 AM
       Tenant stealing electric (by Gail K [GA]) Jul 5, 2011 8:29 AM
       Tenant stealing electric (by Clara [MI]) Jul 5, 2011 8:37 AM
       Tenant stealing electric (by Opinionated [NC]) Jul 5, 2011 8:43 AM
       Tenant stealing electric (by Clay [OH]) Jul 5, 2011 8:48 AM
       Tenant stealing electric (by gevans [SC]) Jul 5, 2011 9:05 AM
       Tenant stealing electric (by Clay [OH]) Jul 5, 2011 9:09 AM
       Tenant stealing electric (by Gail K [GA]) Jul 5, 2011 10:05 AM
       Tenant stealing electric (by ctlandlord [CT]) Jul 5, 2011 10:20 AM
       Tenant stealing electric (by RR78 [VA]) Jul 5, 2011 11:08 AM
       Tenant stealing electric (by MikeC [IN]) Jul 5, 2011 11:23 AM
       Tenant stealing electric (by Robert,Ontario,Canada [ON]) Jul 5, 2011 2:01 PM
       Tenant stealing electric (by Peter [NY]) Jul 5, 2011 4:07 PM
       Tenant stealing electric (by LL [AZ]) Jul 5, 2011 6:26 PM
       Tenant stealing electric (by DaveS [IL]) Jul 5, 2011 6:29 PM
       Tenant stealing electric (by John [NJ]) Jul 5, 2011 8:43 PM
       Tenant stealing electric (by Josh [CA]) Jul 5, 2011 9:26 PM
       Tenant stealing electric (by billy [MA]) Jul 6, 2011 6:38 AM
       Tenant stealing electric (by Virden [OH]) Jul 6, 2011 8:31 AM
       Tenant stealing electric (by Robert J [CA]) Jul 7, 2011 12:58 AM
       Tenant stealing electric (by Nigel [MO]) Jul 7, 2011 2:11 AM
       Tenant stealing electric (by bob [TN]) Jul 13, 2011 8:44 PM
       Tenant stealing electric (by Lucy [IN]) Jul 14, 2011 7:32 AM
       Tenant stealing electric (by Lucy [IN]) Jul 14, 2011 7:33 AM
       Tenant stealing electric (by Jan [PA]) Jul 19, 2011 1:53 PM
       Tenant stealing electric (by Tj [WI]) Oct 5, 2023 3:03 PM
       Tenant stealing electric (by Jim in O C [CA]) Oct 5, 2023 4:35 PM
       Tenant stealing electric (by zero [IN]) Oct 6, 2023 7:04 AM
       Tenant stealing electric (by plenty [MO]) Oct 11, 2023 9:22 AM


Tenant stealing electric (by Clay [OH]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2011 7:42 AM
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I have a 6 unit building and one of my tenants just called me and said another tenant has an extention cord running under his door into the hallway. He is stealing electricity from me. What is the best way to handle this?

--208.102.xx.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by Reid [KS]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2011 7:51 AM
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First unplug the extension cord and tell them Don't do it again. --99.117.xxx.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by Clay [OH]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2011 8:13 AM
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Thats what i have done in the past.

I was looking to find out if this has happened to anyone else and if so what they have done about it. --208.102.xx.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by Gail K [GA]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2011 8:29 AM
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What's he got the extension cord plugged into?

Gail --152.130.x.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by Clara [MI]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2011 8:37 AM
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A friend with an apartment building had just this same thing happen.

The tenant ran the extension cord into the utility room, unplugged the washer, and plugged in there.

Landlord left it plugged in and called the police and reported the theft.

Police showed up, identified that it was the tenant's extension cord, unplugged it, and wrote it up as a theft. --99.18.xx.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by Opinionated [NC]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2011 8:43 AM
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The charge is theft of service. --66.226.xx.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by Clay [OH]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2011 8:48 AM
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Gail - There is an outlet that is about 3' from his door. It is electric that i pay for. The only time it gets used is when they vacuum the hallways. --208.102.xx.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2011 9:05 AM
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It would be a shame if someone cut the end of his extension cord.

Sorry. I've been cleaning up a messy moveout all day yesterday and today. --74.222.xxx.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by Clay [OH]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2011 9:09 AM
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LOL i have done that in the past before too, just so they are not able to do it again. or as soon as i leave.

So what would you do????

Call the police?

Cut the cord?

Ask nicely to remove it?

This is a tenant that came to me after his house burnt down and the red cross sepped in and helped him out. He Is behind on rent but is trying to get caught up. --208.102.xx.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by Gail K [GA]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2011 10:05 AM
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I'd be tempted to cut the cord or remove the outlet and cover it.

I don't think I'd ask them nicely to remove it since they knew what they were doing when they plugged in into your hallway outlet.

You might discuss it with them but it shouldn't be done nicely. Sounds like you're already bending over backwards to help them out and now they do this.

Gail --152.130.x.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by ctlandlord [CT]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2011 10:20 AM
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take pcture cut cord, call cops,and then check unit. could be fire hazard with ext cords running allovver the place. --99.20.xx.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2011 11:08 AM
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I would not call the cops. But there is a big difference if he is just trying to save on his power bill. Then I would give him hell.

But from what you said, chances are that he has had his power cut off. Along with being behind on his rent. Using it to just run the refrig and some lights to get by.

You canít ignore it but chances are he will skip out after you confront him. Would then have to live with no electric at all.

Chances are he wonít get caught up if behind on rent and electric. So you may have to get him out.

If otherwise a decent person. Why call the cops and kick him while he is down and not even accomplish anything.

Talk to him to get more info and if not good then evict. With an eviction you will not help him out, but at least be accomplishing something. So you can cut your loss and re rent.

--76.104.xxx.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by MikeC [IN]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2011 11:23 AM
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Avoid all the hassles. Remove the outlet and install a coverplate. --192.158.xx.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by Robert,Ontario,Canada [ON]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2011 2:01 PM
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If there is a circuit breaker or fuse to the outlet then click off the circuit breaker or remove the fuse. This is very dangerour situation where the extension cord is unable to handle the current then the extension will heat up where a fire can be started. If a heater or air conditioner is connected to the extension cord then there can be a fire. --74.220.xxx.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by Peter [NY]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2011 4:07 PM
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If his power is off then he is also probably burning candles. Can you smell fire!!!! --173.50.xx.xx




Tenant stealing electric (by LL [AZ]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2011 6:26 PM
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First of all - why do you not have a clause in your lease requiring the tenant to have power on in their name at all times or there is a healthy and safety violation and evictable condition. If they can't have it in their name becaue they ripped off the elect co before they need a guarantor to sign the lease as well as provide electric.

Secondly, the guy is stealing your electric, he isn't paying rent. How long do you plan to support him? Give him a bill for $35 for electric use - let him know he can pay or you will call the police. And he'd better move out or pay the rent and get the power turned on TOMORROW!

Also give him an unsafe condtiion waring letter asap to CYA if he burns the place down. Since he probably has TV, refrigerator, and who knows what plugged into the one cord.

Finally, you can buy lockable cover plates. I'd recommend it, or build a locking cover over the socket out of metal (have a shop weld it up if you don't have a welder) and bolt it to the wall. --76.170.xxx.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by DaveS [IL]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2011 6:29 PM
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Pull the plug out of the outlet...cut off the plug head with wire cutters...drop what's left of the extension cord on the hallway floor...leave and take the plug head with you. If it happens again, rinse, repeat...see how long it takes him to get a clue. --67.224.xx.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by John [NJ]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2011 8:43 PM
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plug the cord into 220 vac by cutting the plug and sticking the whie and black wires of the cord across the hots of 220 then see what smokes in his apt.

John

New jersey --24.191.xx.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by Josh [CA]) Posted on: Jul 5, 2011 9:26 PM
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I had a tenant do that. I called SCE after taking a few pictures and reported the theft. They charge big fines for that in CA. Tenant never did that again. She is still with me.

Going on 16 years now. =shrug=

--66.214.x.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by billy [MA]) Posted on: Jul 6, 2011 6:38 AM
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i would tell them never to do that again or they will get tossed.and unplug plug.second time they get tossed. --173.162.xxx.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by Virden [OH]) Posted on: Jul 6, 2011 8:31 AM
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Route some cable from this outlet hot to a switch in the place you keep the sweeper locked up, turn on while doing maintenance and off when you leave. --99.160.xx.xx




Tenant stealing electric (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jul 7, 2011 12:58 AM
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In several of my apartment buildings with a central hallway, I have outlets along the hallway so the clean up crew can plug in the vacuum cleaner. Tenants who haven't paid their paid they power bills and have gotten turned off, also have run extention cords from the hallway outlets to their unit -- to power their refrigerator or x-box systems.

The only way I got this to stop was to re-wire my property so the clean up crew could flip a switch and activate the outlets for one hour -- then the hallway outlets go dead. No power then no problem. --173.55.xxx.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by Nigel [MO]) Posted on: Jul 7, 2011 2:11 AM
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I have done the same as a few others on here.

I installed a hidden switch for my hallway outlets to cut the power when not in use.

Routed the switch to a locked area in the basement. --75.92.xxx.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by bob [TN]) Posted on: Jul 13, 2011 8:44 PM
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just had bought apts and found that one of my inherited tenants had connect his water heater to the washer room heater. he must have been doing so for years from the previous ll. i cut out his connection and soon heard him complaining of an increased util bill. he moved soon afterward. i wonder why. that was over 30 years ago. i never missed his being there since. --166.147.xxx.xx




Tenant stealing electric (by Lucy [IN]) Posted on: Jul 14, 2011 7:32 AM
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Reid, a lot of good advice here. Come back and tell us how you handled it. --74.36.xxx.xx




Tenant stealing electric (by Lucy [IN]) Posted on: Jul 14, 2011 7:33 AM
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Reid, a lot of good advice here. Come back and tell us how you handled it. --74.36.xxx.xx




Tenant stealing electric (by Jan [PA]) Posted on: Jul 19, 2011 1:53 PM
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I had a tenant use PPL service for 1 year without having electrical service in their name. When previous tenant moved out, we switched it to our name, when this new tenant moved in , we had it taken off our name and the tenant told me that they got the electrical service connected and we believed them. One month before their 1 year lease was up, there power was disconnected. They lived for a month without electricity. When we went to clean up, there was no power so we called the electrician thinking that something was wrong and he told us that there was no power. We found out that they stole from PPL for 11 months and no-one at PPL went after them as the service was never in their name. So we consumers end up footing the theft. --72.88.xxx.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by Tj [WI]) Posted on: Oct 5, 2023 3:03 PM
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Now I came here for advice I am currently a tenant with this issue where I have a breathing machine in the unit and Everytime I plug it in it blows a fuse in the apartment and I reported it to my landlord and was told it was ok to have it plugged in the hallway with an extension cord until it can get fixed I came home today and it was cut I've always paid a month in advance and am up to date on my electric bill and even offered to pay extra i went as far as to look into the law and stipulations regarding this and it's not illegal to do with their knowledge but can be considered theft without it, i also looked uinto action that a landlord can take and cutting the cord is illegal but is not enough to take Immediate action it sounds petty but this is a $450 extension cord that I had bought for my job I do carpentry and construction and had this for specific purposes and certain types of roofing jobs not only that I offered to pay extra on top of my rent which is over $1,300 by the way pus my other bills not to mention all of the problems being reported in the unit that seems to never get fixed I don't want to have to call the police but I want it to be paid for at least. Thank you for taking the time to read all this I know it's a lot and I apologize it was this long --193.186.x.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Oct 5, 2023 4:35 PM
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Unplug the extension cord and cut it into 20 pieces. --99.23.xxx.x




Tenant stealing electric (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Oct 6, 2023 7:04 AM
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So this guy already had a fire? Was it from him doing lame things like plugging cords in hallways and pulling too many amps?

He is already behind on rents and now he is stealing more from you.

Pull the cord. Cut it if you want. Wipe the outlet or get someone in top wire it to a switch in a controlled area.

File eviction on the guy. If you feel for him tell him to leave first. If he is having problems with his electrical service he should inform you before he decides to steal and put the other tenants at risk. --107.147.xx.xxx




Tenant stealing electric (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2023 9:22 AM
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This is a man who's been thru a lot. Knock on the door as a few questions explain that he can't do this and encourage him, help him, whatever is necessary to get the electric turn on in his unit. Or maybe the electric is on and he's trying to save a few nickels? But geez don't be passive aggressive. He lives in your Business! Your building! You like the other residents and want to keep them? Show the man some respect. Knock on the door. --172.59.xxx.xx





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