We have a rental property and went to inspect it. The Dad who is a master electrical admitted to putting in a new panel as well as more work in our out building. This was all done without our permission and any permits.
So the electrician can go into my home without permission and do this job?
No. All work, regardless of if you are a master electrician or not must be inspected by the ESA. There are 2 types of people who can pull electrical permits. Homeowners and licenced electrical contractors. Being a master electrician isn't enough. You must be a master electrician with an insurance policy under a company. And even then you are still required to pull a permit through the ESA.
It's true that permits are supposed to be in place before any work occurs however it's a common occurrence for permits to be pulled after work has started (or finished). In this case it sounds like all the work is fully exposed (not buried behind drywall); therefore pulling a permit after the fact should not be such a big deal. Odds are it will pass inspection without any hiccups. Sometimes municipalities will charge double if the work is started or finished. In my career as a building inspector I've witnessed house foundations completed before pulling a building permit on many occasions; we had one contractor who would call for a foundation inspection and would hand over the drawings and permit application on site at the same time (rural Alberta).
permits are essential and better done 1st as it is usually done by a licensed professional but can be pulled after by home owner. If this guy did it right then get it inspected and if all good and he did not charge you for anything then you got some very expensive work done for free..all bonus
I assume by your story, the Master is the father of the tenant.
So as pointed out, only an LEC or a homeowner can pull a permit for electrical work. Even in this case you cannot pull the permit because even though you own the unit, you cannot do electrical work in it because it is not owner occupied , so only a LEC can pull the necessary permit.
To do a panel change, there typically needs to have a disconnect and reconnect with the utility and they will required a reconnection authorization, so again it no permit was issued this could not happen.
So either there is a disconnect after the meter and he was able to isolate the old panel or he did it hot which is extremely dangerous.
My only concern here would be there was no permits or inspections completed. You could argue that the work was unauthorized, but as a landlord (assuming he did a good job) why would you complain about somebody upgrading your property and not charging you?
Now if he caused a mess and made your property unsafe, that is a different story.
John Kuehnl-Cadwell, CD, ME
Datawise Solutions Inc
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