When apartment hunting in New York City, outlets might not be the first qualification to come to mind in terms of choosing the right space. However, in older buildings access to outlets can become a real problem for tenants. Installing new outlets is expensive, and landlords are rarely ever legally obligated to make the upgrade themselves. To make matters worse, overloading outlets in these prewar buildings can pose a serious fire hazard. If you’re already stuck with a less than desirable outlet situation, then it’s likely time you brush up on electrical safety. Take care not to plug extension cords in on the same outlets used by major appliances or air conditioning units, invest in higher quality materials that have been approved for safety, and mind the location of power cords so they don’t end up in hazardous positions.
- If you want to install new outlets in your apartment, it is highly recommended that you seek out a professional to do the job rather than attempting it yourself
- Your landlord will most likely not be obligated to cover the cost of installing new outlets so long as the unit’s wiring was in compliance to codes at the time of installation
- Appliances that require a lot of energy to run, like refrigerators, and especially air conditioning units, should not share outlets with extension cords
“If you’re looking to buy an apartment, keep an eye on the outlets as a potential added renovation cost.”