A Reddit user recently shared his frustration over his landlord’s lack of compliance with California’s “right to charge” law for electric vehicles (EVs). The tenant claimed that, despite waiting two and a half years, his landlord still did not install an EV charger as promised.
With the increasing popularity and accessibility of EVs, the demand for charging stations, especially in residential areas, has increased. Homeowners often have the option of installing a charging station, but renters often face challenges convincing their landlords to provide this convenience.
Fortunately, the California Civil Code gives renters the right to install their own EV chargers, even in rental homes and complexes. However, it appears that the landowner in question may be trying to avoid compliance. The tenant shared that since they moved into their apartment complex, they have been facing various excuses and delays. Even the landowner blames EV chargers for causing problems with power lines.
When the renter used a regular electrical outlet to charge their car, they discovered that upon returning from a vacation, there was a metal plate covering the outlet. Frustrated, the tenant investigated his rights and found California Civil Code Section 1947.6, which requires landlords to allow tenants to install EV chargers at their own expense upon written request. .
The tenant expressed anger at the situation and wondered if he did not understand some formality or if his landlord was clearly breaking the law. Seeking advice from other Reddit users, some cautioned against antagonizing the landlord and advised seeking an amicable resolution.
It should be noted that the responsibility and cost of installing an EV charger usually rests with the lessee, as established by the civil code. However, landlords are required to grant permission for installation if the necessary conditions are met.
While this Reddit post highlights one tenant’s frustration, it serves as a reminder of the importance of understanding rental rights and regulations, especially as they relate to electric vehicle charging.