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Apartment Charging - Right to Charge

  • August 30, 2021 4:30 PM
    Reply # 10970047 on 10968305

    I don't have a direct answer to your questions. I use to own investment properties but that was before right to charge (I think). It's not concrete but from my experience, I don't believe that legally speaking I owed my tenants any use of the buildings power outside of general areas like hallway lights, and laundry areas. I know from experience that in some cases it could be very difficult if not prohibitive to get a separate metered connection outside the tenants unit. With this in mind I'm going to make an assumption that right to charge will have limited enforcement powers, but i'm not an attorney. I suggest you position it as value add for the garage or your apt building. They pick a spot and you put in a generic EV charger or 220 receptacle by a license electrician, that will remain after you move out. Thinking back, I can't see a reason I would say no if a tenant approached me with this. 


    Also, consider that your garage or apt building, especially in Manhattan, is a business. Maybe approach it as a business opportunity. Present them with a map of their garage with spots marked off for EV expansion, etc. Include all the metric regarding EV adoption, charging statistics, and what they stand to make by up-charging those spots or metering the chargers. Frame it as an opportunity for the garage, show them their profits, remind them you're their first customer, and they'll probably install it all for you (Before charging you of course ;-) ). Again, from experience, I would personally move on this if it were presented to me and the numbers checked out. 


  • August 30, 2021 2:44 AM
    Message # 10968305

    I will be getting a model y in dec/jan time frame(can't wait that long for my cybertruck... my current car is on its last fumes).  One thing I hear from the community is that I need to be cognizant of the fact that chargers aren't as prolific as gas stations.  After looking at the maps I can really only see one or two places I could get a charge, and that is level 2 at places with parking garages.  

    I do have an apartment and I live in Manhattan.  This topic is for everyone in my position.  

    My questions:

    1. What is right to charge and how do I use that to force the issue with my apartment managers? (I don't mind paying for the install)  Are there free lawyers ready to tackle stubborn building owners? (I'm not rich... I am buying a tesla... its just because I'm great at saving money)

    2. I saw the EVolve ny stuff(https://evolveny.nypa.gov/).  How do I persuade them to install something in midtown Manhattan? 

    3. I probably haven't thought of everything so what are your questions concerning charging? 

    Let us discuss!


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