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    Meter readings on tenancy agreement

    My friend recently moved intoa flat and signed a tenancy agreement it had a space for the meter reading but the landlord said he would put this on in a couple of days as he had work to do in flat still. ie clean carpets etc.

    She has just had a huge bill with meter reading she didn't know about. After phoning EON they agreed that for 6 weeks it was impossible to run up a £300 bill and after being passed to the Consumption dept has now had an amended bill of £107.

    The olandlord has now been billed for the rest and has sent her a message telling her to phone EON up and give them the reading of ***** that is on the tenancy agreement she signed. This meter reading was put on after she signed and not in her presence, and as EON have agreed she couldn't have run up a huge bill in such a short time with the appliances she has can the landlord insist that the reading he put on was correct and also is this legal to put the reading on in her absence after an agreement has been signed?

    Thanks

    #2
    Both landlord and tenant would be advised to take meter readings at start & end of tenancy & each (for their own reasons..) notify the electric/gas company.

    My habit is to write a letter to the leccy/gas guys with the meter readings & give a copy to the tenants, the to keep a copy just-in-case.

    Your friends landlord does sound like a right crook! That being the case if I were tenant I'd want to check everything else he did - starting with gas safety certificate and that I get receipt for each renyt payment (if not by cheque of standing order)..
    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
      Its her first time as a private tenant> I've told her not to change the readings EON have been given as they are happy with it. No gas in property, luckily she signed for 6 months only and only has just under 4 months left she is already checking out new places for when the tenancy runs out. Thanks for your input



      Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
      Both landlord and tenant would be advised to take meter readings at start & end of tenancy & each (for their own reasons..) notify the electric/gas company.

      My habit is to write a letter to the leccy/gas guys with the meter readings & give a copy to the tenants, the to keep a copy just-in-case.

      Your friends landlord does sound like a right crook! That being the case if I were tenant I'd want to check everything else he did - starting with gas safety certificate and that I get receipt for each renyt payment (if not by cheque of standing order)..

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        #4
        Originally posted by HW84 View Post
        Its her first time as a private tenant.
        Just make sure she gives 1 months notice to quit. To be received by letting agent / landlord at least 1 month and 2 days befoe end of tenancy.

        And before someone says you don't need to give notice on first 6 months of new tenancy, and can just hand the keys back BEFORE actual end, there have been to many horror stories on here, when keys were just handed back, so just do it, irrespective of what others say.

        And read the meters -- of course, on exit ( preferably photograph )

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          #5
          Is it "impossible", or just "unlikely" to have a bill this high?
          The water company should make this clear.

          Originally posted by ram View Post

          And read the meters -- of course, on exit ( preferably photograph )
          With a reference to the date(newspaper with the date the picture was taken would suffice).
          Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong

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            #6
            thank you for your replies

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