I'm paying for common area electricity, what would you do?

According to the law in Illinois, it is illegal for the electric circuits in a multi-unit building to be set up so that tenants pay for the electricity in the common areas. We discovered this week, when our downstairs neighbors failed to pay their electric bill and half the lights went out in the common areas that... show more According to the law in Illinois, it is illegal for the electric circuits in a multi-unit building to be set up so that tenants pay for the electricity in the common areas. We discovered this week, when our downstairs neighbors failed to pay their electric bill and half the lights went out in the common areas that each apartment has some common lights on their circuits. We also discovered that one outlet in their apartment is on our circuit (which of course they are now using to power their fridge and who knows what else). We like our landlords, we don't want to make trouble since we like living here, and the downstairs neighbors are in the process of being evicted... so we're reluctant to make a big deal about the crazy wiring in this 100+ year old house. But I was wondering if anyone else has an opinion on what they would do.
Update: We weren't informed of the wiring issues when we signed the lease. We definitely don't want to be evicted while the problem is fixed. Maybe we can negotiate permission to put in our own washer and dryer (instead of using the landlords' quarter machines which don't work well) since we now know that... show more We weren't informed of the wiring issues when we signed the lease. We definitely don't want to be evicted while the problem is fixed. Maybe we can negotiate permission to put in our own washer and dryer (instead of using the landlords' quarter machines which don't work well) since we now know that some basement outlets are connected to our meter.
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