210.25 Branch Circuits in Buildings with More Than
(A) Dwelling Unit Branch Circuits. Branch circuits in
each dwelling unit shall supply only loads within that dwelling
unit or loads associated only with that dwelling unit.
(B) Common Area Branch Circuits. Branch circuits installed
for the purpose of lighting, central alarm, signal, communications,
or other purposes for public or common areas of
a two-family dwelling, a multifamily dwelling, or a multioccupancy
building shall not be supplied from equipment that
supplies an individual dwelling unit or tenant space.
I don't know what they would actually do. Is the NEC going to be enforced when no electrical work is being done, no permits pulled, or no inspection performed? Probably not. But what about the inspector who will do the CofO? Will he notice it and require it? What process needs to be done to turn this into a legal 2 family in order to rent it out? Who will oversee it and how far will he look into it?But when is it required? Is it once a home owners decides to upgrade electrical or is it just whenever a home owner decides to rent out anything more than a single family.
I think it is unethical to make one tenant pay for something other tenants use. Imagine if there was a shared laundry space. :no:But when is it required? Is it once a home owners decides to upgrade electrical or is it just whenever a home owner decides to rent out anything more than a single family.
The NEC doesn't have a provision for that. It says that common space stuff can't be powered by the equipment power individual tenant spaces. No mention or regard to who is paying for what.I my situation the owner includes electric with the price of the rent. So all the electric bills come in his name. So the renters are paying a flat rate every month no matter what.
I ran into this in Massachusetts recently. I completely rewired a 2 family that didn't have a house panel. The inspector said I didn't have to install one. But he informed me that the owner needs to write a letter to the building department and the tenants Informing them of circuits that are on their panel. I put the little common area lighting that there was on the homeowners apartments panel in case deadbeats didn't pay electric bill and henceforth no lights in hallway.When are owner's panels required for 2-family or 3-family dwellings? Does it matter whether the home owner is including electric in the price of the rent or not?