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  • Neelix
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    Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
    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.

    or somebody, tenant or LL makes changes after the EICR has been done

    tingling from light switches is common where metal fittings are fitted and no cpc is connected or present

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  • jpkeates
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    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.


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  • Kape65
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    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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  • 45002
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    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

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  • jpucng62
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    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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  • Herbert
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    Thank you for the info and for your help.

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  • 45002
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    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.

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  • Herbert
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    Thank you. This is a photo of the meter.

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  • Neelix
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    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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  • 45002
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    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/

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  • Herbert
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    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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  • jpkeates
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    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.

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  • jpkeates
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    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.

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  • Herbert
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    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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  • JK0
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    Of course. Why not sue them?

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