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    Pay as you go electricity meter

    My daughter has just moved into a rental property and finds that the electricity is on a prepayment meter.
    She wants to switch to a monthly contract but has been told she has to wait 3 weeks.
    Should the letting agent have told her the electricity was on this type of meter before she moved in?

    #2
    Of course. Why not sue them?
    To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.

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      #3
      What is the best course of action for her to take?
      Also, she is getting electric shocks from one of the light switches! They say they’ll send an electrician but what are her rights?

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        #4
        If the agent reasonably believed it would make a difference to someone's decision, yes, otherwise no.

        And I wouldn't have thought it would make too much difference, personally.
        Maybe less than ideal, but not a show stopper.
        When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
        Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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          #5
          Originally posted by Herbert View Post
          Also, she is getting electric shocks from one of the light switches! They say they’ll send an electrician but what are her rights?
          She has the right to a safe property, but if she's found a problem and it gets fixed in a reasonable time frame, it shouldn't be an issue.
          The property has to have a current EICR - which his proof of an electrical safety inspection - which she should have a copy of.

          When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
          Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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            #6
            The electrical safety certificate was produced in March. 2021. Apparently, the property was deemed safe but they couldn’t find the earthing rod!

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              #7
              Hebert

              Can you post a picture of the meter, so we can see what type of pre pay meter it is ?

              If it's a SMETS 2 meter or later versions, they can be switch back to a normal meter remotely by the utilities supplier.

              Read on https://www.smartenergygb.org/en/sma...ips-for-prepay

              https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/co...-normal-meter/

              Fed up with nitpickers and rivet counters...

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                #8
                Just because a property has a satisfactory EICR, that just means on the day of the test it was OK. Just like a car MOT

                She should have a copy of the EICR

                If she is getting shocks off switches - that could be trouble - so yes it needs reporting and investigating

                Not finding the earth rod isn't a huge problem - as long as the Ze is low, then it needs commenting on the EICR

                Hope this helps

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                  #9
                  Thank you. This is a photo of the meter.

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                    #10
                    Thanks for the picture, that does look like one of the earlier SMETS 1 meter,

                    https://forum.ovoenergy.com/smart-me...al-series-8584

                    https://forum.ovoenergy.com/smart-me...al-series-8585

                    Which some has to come out too and change back to a normal smart meter and not done remotely.
                    Fed up with nitpickers and rivet counters...

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                      #11
                      Thank you for the info and for your help.

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                        #12
                        The pay as you go meter is probably as a result of a previous tenant getting into debt. If it was a deal breaker perhaps she should've asked. Not a big problem to get changed - just make sure she isn't paying off the last tenant's debt.

                        The light switch problem should've probably been reported by the previous tenant - can you see a theme here? The agent should get it fixed promptly, until then best not to use it.

                        Both your daughter's problems are less to do with the LL / agent than the previous tenant. I hope your daughter is a better tenant than the last one!

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                          #13
                          Just to point out

                          there is a national programme to upgrade the SMETS 1 to work as SMETS 2 hopefully !


                          https://www.ovoenergy.com/help/natio...-smets1-meters
                          Fed up with nitpickers and rivet counters...

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by jpucng62 View Post
                            The pay as you go meter is probably as a result of a previous tenant getting into debt. If it was a deal breaker perhaps she should've asked. Not a big problem to get changed - just make sure she isn't paying off the last tenant's debt.
                            The new smart meters can be pay as you go or monthly, quarterly etc. Having the meter switched to pre-payment doesn't have to mean a debt has been incurred, you can switch to pre-pay anytime for personal preference.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Neelix View Post
                              Just because a property has a satisfactory EICR, that just means on the day of the test it was OK. Just like a car MOT
                              I agree, my question was more aimed at getting a better understanding of the landlord.
                              An electrical problem can happen anytime, but if there was no EICR, it would possibly indicate that it was a property where it was more likely to happen.


                              When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                              Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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