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Old 01-17-2009, 12:21 PM   #1
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I live in a 60 unit condo complex. The builder has gone bankrupt and the street lights are out, while the power is still on. I have found the breaker panel and the breaker is on. I assume there must be a photo cell some where but I don't see it any where near the box.

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I live in a 60 unit condo complex. The builder has gone bankrupt and the street lights are out, while the power is still on. I have found the breaker panel and the breaker is on. I assume there must be a photo cell some where but I don't see it any where near the box.
What does the builder have to do with the lights? Are you sure the lights are powered by the building? Sometimes street lights are controlled by the power company. If not, it could be a photo cell or it could also be a time clock located somewhere.

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Something about this story doesn't make sense. Why don't you call the building management and let them fix it.
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The builder/developer just went bankrupt and the bank has taken over the project. The builder controlled the HOA (we never had any members on the board) and the management company has not been paid. WE have not been able to get in touch with the new owner, the bank.
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In many cases, that photocell(s) you are seeking is located on top of the luminaires.

You should call an electrician to troubleshoot this. I know that the contractor would probably demand full payment at time of service, so get some of your neighbors together and take up a collection to pay for it all.

Keep receipts, maybe you can get reimbursed by the bank later if you plead your case. Tell `em it was to ensure safety of the occupants.
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The builder/developer just went bankrupt and the bank has taken over the project. The builder controlled the HOA (we never had any members on the board) and the management company has not been paid. WE have not been able to get in touch with the new owner, the bank.
Sounds like you're in a bad position. You may want to try to establish a tenants board so you have a unified voice when dealing with the bank. I'm assuming you have access to the mechanical room of the building? Are you sure there's power to the panel controlling the lights?

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