HA annual gas service - 10 months or 12?

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    #16
    If it were me I would write (yes, WRITE!!!, keep copy) are rather direct letter outlining how I was saddened & disappointed that their operative appeared to lie about what was discussed, of course you are happy to arrange a mutually agreeable time but that one wasn't and may you have operatives name & an apology please & do they understand there are other fine utility suppliers out there...

    However it is very (very...) easy to bypass a meter & the leccy companies are understandably careful about checking, and may have "been acting on information received". Clearly nothing dodgy happening in this case...

    I got threatened with a court order after one (count 'em, o-n-e..) knock on door & aggrieved meter reader.. They apologised...
    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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      #17
      Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post

      However it is very (very...) easy to bypass a meter
      It is, and although I've never seen it actually taking place in any premises I've visited, I've seen evidence of it having taken place after tenants have done a moonlight flit and tried to reconnect like nothing has happened.
      Ohm sweet Ohm

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        #18
        HA annual gas service - 10 months or 12?

        We have an annual gas service every year. We rent from the local Housing Association. The company who have the contract have sent a letter wanting to do it Monday just gone (we said not convenient as it only arrived a few days before appointment date). Last year it was done on 29th July so I assumed by law it is valid for 12 months. The company are saying the HA need it done two months before. Due to health reasons we try to have it done as close to the 12 months as possible as it is a lot of stress. If we have it two months early, they will want it two months early next year, etc, etc. Do we have a legal require to have it done early or can we refuse entry and insist on 20th July which is what we wanted? Thanks. I apologise if this is in wrong category, I wasn't sure where to put it.

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          #19
          How can a gas safety check cause a lot of stress. Man comes in, does a few tests on gas appliances and goes? Going to the shops is more stress surely?

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            #20
            If you find such this stressful I am sorry.

            Write (yes, WRITE!! - keep copy) to your landlord, the HA, stating you will of course agree to a gas safety inspection , but state the terms you will agree to it under (eg dates or time of day or you will be there or a HA rep must come or whatever...).

            It is only required - for the landlord, not the tenant - every 12 months: However a wise tenant, IMHO, ensure one is done for his own safety...
            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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              #21
              Originally posted by thedaughter View Post
              If we have it two months early, they will want it two months early next year, etc, etc.
              That assumption doesn't really follow to be fair.

              But the much bigger question is really - "so what?" - now I read into your question that you might have issues with people coming around and doing stuff like this. But surely there's a coping mechanism, like you could be on a different floor or in a different room, or be out of the house at the time of the appointment? This is not intended to be stressful for you in any way - is it a good thing. You will obviously objectively realise that it is you that is causing the problem here and not the people who are trying to arrange a GSC... therefore the cause of your stress is actually yourself.

              You want to say it's not convenient - that will cause you stress.
              You want to refuse entry - that will cause you stress.
              You want to get into a to-and-fro with the Housing Assoication - that will cause you stress.

              Instead, just let the man in when they want and you can - hopefully - ease up on your amount of stress. You can prepare for it and handle it as best as you can. Best of luck.

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                #22
                Five related threads have been merged.
                I also post as Mars_Mug when not moderating

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