I think (around here) that if a landlord does major work of certain kinds, the outlets have to be updated in the process. But until/unless that happens, an old building doesn't need to have grounded outlets--or even the safety fault outlets in the kitchen/bathroom.

Slightly O/T, but I wonder if a device with a power adapter (like an iPhone or laptop) is somewhat better protected than a desktop computer? Could a surge fry the charger and spare the device in some cases?

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