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More than likely they control part of the wall receptacles. Plug in a lamp into the receptacles and try the switch. Make sure the lamp is on by plugging it into a receptacle in another room first. Usually only half of the receptacle is switched while the other half is hot (on) all the time.
 

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one possibility would be that the switched outlet was replaced and they didn't hook the new one up correctly so its on all the time. if they didn't break the tab on the side of the outlet it would be hot all the time.
 

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Renting, just moved in 4 weeks ago (older home)... There are no blank plates on the ceiling. If they switched out the outlet out is that something easy to fix.( breaking tab on side of outlet)?
 
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