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Did the landlord represent in the lease that the premise is code compliant? Does it address who is responsible for code compliance?
Thank you for the additional information. I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.
Unfortunately, when a tenant takes a property "as-is" then it is exactly that and the landlord has no responsibility to ensure the property is code compliant, unless otherwise excepted or specified in the lease.
If the electrical service must be upgraded, and the lease does not place that burden on the landlord, then the tenant is responsible.
Commercial tenancies do not receive the same protections as residential and are very much "lease driven". In other words, the lease controls the obligations of the party and if an obligation in an as-is property is not specifically reserved to the landlord, it is the tenant's.
I realize this is probably not the answer you were hoping to receive. Also, please remember that this is not a moral judgement on my part. As a professional, however, I am sometimes placed in the position of having to deliver news which is not favorable to a customer's legal position, but accurately reflects their position under the law. I hate it, but it happens and I only ask that you not penalize me with a bad or poor rating for having to deliver less than favorable news.
Certainly make demand on the landlord. Perhaps your daughter and the landlord can share the electrical upgrade. These things are usually negotiable.