Apartment management question-is it usual to leave all the lights on in a vacant

@Qaeyious (2362)
United States
December 1, 2008 9:59pm CST
... apartment? The last tenant across the hall moved out a few weeks ago, and ever since all the lights in the place have been burning non-stop. There is a window with venetian blinds that allow me to see in, and even the light above the stove is on. Two weeks ago I made the effort to tell the maintenance people, and they say they know - something about it just being painted. I am a frugal person by nature - my excess is in computer use. Otherwise all the lights are off, though I have one clock on all the time. I don't even use the air conditioner or heater unless the weather gets intensive (below about 35 or over 100). It irks me seeing the lights burning like that all night, and most likely all day, for weeks on end. Is this the usual practice of apartment management/maintenance? Thank you.
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@flowerchilde (12547)
• United States
3 Mar 09
That's weird! I can see leaving one or two dim ones on to foil trespassers.. but all of them would bother me too! Burning up all that electricity! What a waste..
@Qaeyious (2362)
• United States
5 Mar 09
We have an opportunity here - the apartment just below me is now vacant - I will see if they do the same thing now ... presently there is only the small light in the kitchen on ...
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• United States
11 Mar 09
I'm curious to know.. blazing lights? or no?
• United States
24 Dec 08
No. I think it isn't a rule. In fact it is up to management to turn off the lights. It is their electric bill!
• India
7 Dec 08
Hmm... that really sounds crazy. I mean, they can't do the painting 24 hours of the day, can they? They need some break, at least. I guess they have some other reason for this. I think everybody in the apartment house must take joint action. Maybe you will get some results then. I live in an independent house; so I don' have all these problems. The only problem in my life is "noisy neighbors." Cheers and happy mylotting
• India
2 Dec 08
I think that it must be the usual practice by the maintenance staff. Yourfears are unfounded. May be they just forgot to put the light or put them on purposely to keep intruders away.
@savak03 (6678)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Maybe the maintenance people didn't understand that you meant the lights were actually burning. They might have thought you meant that the power was on or available. If they did understand I guess they were just careless when they finished painting and didn't turn the light back off. There are some people who don't care about wasting money as long as it's not their money that's being wasted. Could you call the manager directly and let them know?