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    Off peak electricity supply

    Hi. The property I rent has a pre paid meter. It was put in by N Power a few years ago by a previous tenant without my knowledge and my letting agent said it was the tennants right to have a pre paid meter put in. That was fine. I now have a new tenant and they have been having large electricity bills and an electrician has noted there is no off peak electric to the property and my agent says they are quoting me for having that supplied. My question is, is it the landlords responsibility to have off peak supplied or is it down to the tenants electricity supplier to provide if they want that. Thank you for your time

    #2
    You can insist tenant pays,but do you want to ruin the relationship?
    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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      #3
      I usually get the firm which replaced the old electricity board to provide an E7 meter free of charge. Are you no longer with that firm?

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        #4
        It was my old tennants electricity supplier at the time that put in the pre pay meter. I obviously don't live there so it is not my supplier. The agent had no knowledge that the meter was replaced until they left. Just wanted to see if anyone had had a similar issue and if it would be down to a faulty meter or in correct meter so upto the tenant to speak to their current supplier not their landlord?

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          #5
          Originally posted by charlie022004 View Post
          Just wanted to see if anyone had had a similar issue and if it would be down to a faulty meter or in correct meter so upto the tenant to speak to their current supplier not their landlord?
          Yeah. I take it there is an off peak circuit for hot water & heating?

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            #6
            Firstly, as JKO alluded to, unless the property has storage heaters economy 7 it may not make a difference to the bills. Then I believe it is up to the tenant to sort out his meter - my experience is that utility companies don't want to deal with the LL when a property is tenanted as the LL is not the account holder. Some companies charge to change meters, many don't.

            I would be happy to help the tenant get the meter changed but ultimately why would you pay (if you can't get it done free) when another tenant may just change it again? Some robust negotiation with the supplier may be required!

            Good luck

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