Before moving into our house recently I had inquired about a pair of switches in the living room that seemingly did nothing. The seller said that they were for a couple of the outlets in the living room. Upon moving in and testing them, none of the outlets are switch controlled.
I figured they might have been at one point, and they had changed that. Concerned about how they managed to take them off the switches, I pulled the outlet covers off to confirm nothing stupid like jumper wires being used to replace the removed tabs. Instead I found that all of the outlets with the switch wires had all 4 wires connected, but the tabs left alone. I'm wondering whether or not this is a problem and if so, how to fix it.
Each of the outlets that were formerly switched have two hots (red and black) and two neutrals (white). The neutrals are on the left, the hots are on the right with red on top, black on bottom. I haven't checked the individual wires with the power on, but based on the wires behind the switch plate the red would be switched.
My wiring tester shows each outlet as fine, as does my voltage tester. No breaker trips have occurred. And there's no GFCI or AFCI devices on the circuit.
Is it acceptable to have the switches connected to these outlets like this without the tabs being removed to make the outlets actually switch controlled?