Nightmare re Electricity Supply to Flat

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    Nightmare re Electricity Supply to Flat

    I bought a BTL flat at auction (Yes - I knew there were risks etc.)

    I had an EICR done which rectified everything in the flat that was required, but noted that the supply to the flat itself was bypassing the meter, and so were 4 of the other 7 flats in the converted house (2 of which are subdivisions, which are being enforced against for planning breach). Quite rightly, my Letting Agents say they will not put a tenant in my flat until the this is rectified as it presents a fire risk.

    I asked British Gas to install an Electricity Meter to my flat and they would not do so, due to the set up. They advised that no Service Provider will until it is rectified. They referred me back to UK Power Networks.

    I asked UK Power Networks to either rectify the current arrangement, or install a new supply to my own flat. However, they say (i) they will not install an additional supply to one converted building and (ii) they will not change the current set-up unless instructed by the Freeholder. The Freeholder is not contactable. He provided a correspondence address only to the vendor's solicitors so he could claim ground rent due for the last six years. Other than that, nobody has been able to find him.

    So I am stuck with a flat on which I have paid council tax, which is refurbished and ready to let, but I cannot put a tenant in until I find a way to legalise the electricity supply. Can anybody suggest a way forward?

    The by passing of the meter = theft of electric, a criminal offence.

    Get on to National Grid and the local police and explain the circumstances. I have done this in similar situation in the past and got a good result.

    Often in these cases cannabis is being grown from the free supply so use this as a tool to get interest from NG etc. Also report the to council as there is a high chance the other tenants are on benefits and if there are children present this is a dangerous situation.

    You will need to let NG into the property or they will need a court order to enter and you may have to push to get this.

    If a property is cheap at auction there is a good reason. You found it!

    Freedom at the point of zero............


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