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    Communal electricity supply throught let flat's meter

    I have lived in a small block of flats for several years and have just discovered that the communual electric socket located downstairs in a cupboard under the stairs is connected to my meter, landlords and other tenants have used it. How do I stand, can I claim compensation from my landlord can I insist my landlord has it disconnected?

    #2
    Originally posted by Sue-Lee View Post
    I have lived in a small block of flats for several years and have just discovered that the communual electric socket located downstairs in a cupboard under the stairs is connected to my meter, landlords and other tenants have used it. How do I stand, can I claim compensation from my landlord can I insist my landlord has it disconnected?
    You would probably claim from your landlord, who in turn would claim from *his* landlord, the freehold reversioner.

    However, do you have any real idea how much usage this socket has seen and how much it might have cost you?

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      Sue-Lee: are you a long-leaseholder or only an Assured Shorthold Tenant?
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        #4
        I have an AST


        (4 flats / 2 landlords owning 2 each they are also freeholders)

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          #5
          If it were me I'd find a way of switching it off from inside my property: (A flat rented by a tenant under an AST if the Tenant's property, not the landlord's: It is the Landlord's investment). [Arguing that you are turning it off for "'elf-n-safety" reasons],

          I'd also write to the Landlord and ask him, calmly, politely & friendly-like, why he didn't tell you & that you hold him responsible for £xx/qtr (chose sensible sum).

          Cheers!

          Lodger
          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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            #6
            Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
            If it were me I'd find a way of switching it off from inside my property: (A flat rented by a tenant under an AST if the Tenant's property, not the landlord's: It is the Landlord's investment). [Arguing that you are turning it off for "'elf-n-safety" reasons],


            Lodger
            Can't turn it off from my flat unfortunately it's on the same circuit as my garage and can only be switched off in the cupboard under the stairs.

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              #7
              Remove socket and replace with blanking plate. 5 minute job.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Telometer View Post
                Remove socket and replace with blanking plate. 5 minute job.
                And if undertaken with the level of detail you've described, potentially lethal, undeniably dangerous and with plenty of possible knock-on effects.

                Never a good idea to proffer practical electrical advice in a forum, especially when incomplete like this.

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