Snoring tenant may require electrical-system upgrade

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Question: I have been living in the same apartment since January 1981. During that time, the building has had four owners. I think the building, a fourplex, was built in the '30s or '40s. I have a severe problem with snoring and I need to purchase a CPAP(Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)machine for sleep apnea as prescribed by my doctor. This machine requires a grounded electrical outlet, of which there is none in this apartment. Actually, my microwave and my computer also required grounded outlets, but I have been using adapters for them. The refrigerator was replaced several years ago and the then-owner/maintenance man merely snipped off the grounding part of its plug and plugged it into an ungrounded outlet. Are there any building code requirements that would require the owner to change all or some of the outlets to be grounded? Does my medical need hold any weight in asking for a grounded outlet at least in my bedroom? Tenants' attorney Kellman replies: The dwelling must be main...