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    Meter mess up

    Due to my own neglect and stupidity at the start of my current tenancy I took over the bills for the sole electric meter in the building, which has three other properties.

    After bringing this up with the landlord he after a few months installed three sub meters (the utility companies still just see the sole main meter) one of which he says is just my flat. So the current plan is to transfer the electric account back to the landlord and then estimate using the sub meter how much of the total bill I should pay.

    However the big problem is that the main meter is registered as a commercial one, if the landlord had provided a domestic meter for just my flat from the start my bills would have been half what they are now.

    So I guess my questions are, do I have any right to only pay how much I would have if he had provided a domestic meter? And was the landlord obligated to provide a domestic meter for just my flat from the start?

    I feel like the answers to both these questions are no, this was my first time renting so I guess at the least this has been good lesson on how to not put off dealing with these things .

    #2
    I would say no and no. What does your tenancy agreement say about bills? I assume that you pay the proportion of the bill relating to your property?

    What sort of a meter is it? a meter doesnt change the consumption, the tariff might be different. Is the property on a business tariff? And if so, how come? was it converted from something else?
    All views posted reflect my personal opinion only and do not constitute professional advice which I am not qualified or knowledgeable enough to provide.

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      #3
      Originally posted by MSaxp View Post
      I would say no and no. What does your tenancy agreement say about bills? I assume that you pay the proportion of the bill relating to your property?

      What sort of a meter is it? a meter doesnt change the consumption, the tariff might be different. Is the property on a business tariff? And if so, how come? was it converted from something else?
      Yes sorry I meant that the property is on a business tariff, I guess this is because the main meter is in a shop in the property.

      Also in the future how should I deal with a situation when the landlord has not setup the meters properly? Refuse to pay bills till they are?

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