Do I need to pay for reinstalling gas and elec meters?

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  • Do I need to pay for reinstalling gas and elec meters?

    I have finally recovered my property from some terrible tenants. They didn't pay their last month's rent and left more damage than the deposit covers, so I'm taking them to the smalls claims court for the difference. Even if I get nothing out of it, at least the CCJ will warn off future landlords - I hope!

    Without my knowledge these tenants had the gas and electricity meters changed to pre-pay. As I'm now moving into the property myself, I want to change them back to normal ones. However, my utilities company is charging me £150 each to do so. Obviously I don't want to pay this as I'm sure I won't get this money back. Am I really liable for this charge from the utilities company if I didn't authorise the initial switch? And are their any companies that don't make this charge?

    Thanks in advance for any advice!

  • #2
    it is often a deposit you pay against future bills and/or the cost of the work swapping out the kit.

    You should be able to claim the costs back from the tenants. Was there not something about this in the TA?

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    • #3
      Thanks for your reply. Yes the tenants broke the TA in changing the meters, and I will be pursuing them for costs on this (and lots of other things!) via the small claims court. But I have no expectation that even if the court finds in my favour, I'll get anything. Hence trying to find a way to not have to pay for changing the meters back again. But it looks like it's inevitable. Oh well!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by cahaya View Post
        Thanks for your reply. Yes the tenants broke the TA in changing the meters, and I will be pursuing them for costs on this (and lots of other things!) via the small claims court. But I have no expectation that even if the court finds in my favour, I'll get anything. Hence trying to find a way to not have to pay for changing the meters back again. But it looks like it's inevitable. Oh well!
        They are not your meters, only the meter owner can change the meter, I cant imagine the meter owners need your permission to change them and its likely that your tenants had no choice in the matter either.

        I recently had an electricity meter changed back it was free (EDF), (I think its free if the meter owner and your electricity supplier is the same).
        Dial 999 For a Landlord

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        • #5
          A number of supply companies will change the meters free of charge, do a bit of research - I'm sure you'll find a suitable supplier.

          John

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          • #6
            Originally posted by John J View Post
            A number of supply companies will change the meters free of charge, do a bit of research - I'm sure you'll find a suitable supplier.

            John
            And/Or point out to the meter suppliers that since they did not have your permission to install them in your property in the first place (making the installation illegal, presumably?), the least they can do is swap them back for free.
            'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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            • #7
              Thanks for all the helpful replies. In the end we found a supplier who charged us a lot less to re-install the meters. And we'll pursue the tenants through the small claims court for this sum - adding it to all the other costs they've left us with!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by cahaya View Post
                In the end we found a supplier who charged us a lot less to re-install the meters
                I don't understand how you couldn't find one who'd do it for free???

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                • #9
                  you're lucky - my tenant nicked electricity from British gas and they landed me with a bill of £690 for an install. I have spent years fighting this and got nowhere. Not even the ombudsman will get involved. Consumer Direct tried and failed. Utility companies seem to be a law unto themselves.

                  I am even more concerned re: the water bill changes and how they are going to make landlords liable for tenants unpaid bills - this could be the start of even mroe bad things to follow

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                  • #10
                    I second shopping around £150 each is steep. We are with Utility warehouse and they have quoted £60 to change our gas meter... If we had done it a few years ago it would have been free!!
                    GOVERNMENT HEALTH WARNING: I am a woman and am therefore prone to episodes of PMT... if you don't like what I have to say you can jolly well put it in your pipe and SMOKE IT!!

                    Oh and on a serious note... I am NOT a Legal person and therefore anything I post could be complete and utter drivel... but its what I have learned in the University called Life!

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