Kitchen and Living Room on Same Breaker?

My husband and I are renting a townhome that was built in the 1980s. The electrical though-out the entire home has issues, some outlets don't work at all, others have burn marks. The master bedroom fan makes a strange mechanical noise and the lights on the fan will randomly go out and come back on. We've found that the entire kitchen and parts of the living room are on the same breaker. As a result, we cannot use our space heater in the living room and the microwave without blowing the circuit.


We're both from Connecticut, where this does not meet code. Does anyone know the Maryland code? Our management company can be impossible to work with, but I'd like them to do something before we burn this place down. Thanks!

By A Moriarty

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November 2, 20130 found this helpful

I am sure that this sort of wiring wouldn't satisfy code anywhere, and likely didn't back in the 80's, which was not the dark ages. If it had been wired back in 1935, it might have been okay at the time! You must contact the people who you rent from and get them to deal with this issues.


Perhaps if they are not prompt, you can find a rentalsman's office or something from the city that can get on their case. It doesn't sound like a safe home.

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