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Probably a question for Sinewave, Steptoe or any of you who know the DNO rules & regs.......

4 storey HMO. All the metering is in the cellar, which

a... can only be accessed through the ground floor flat; and

b... cannot be accessed by ANY of the tenant, for health & safety reasons.

2 of the tenants would like to have pre-payment meters.

However, this is going to necessitate moving the whole lot to the ground floor communal hallway....

WPD are going to come and look at it, and provide a quote.

The property management company, who contract out the electrical works to me, believe that the meters should be accessible for emergencies; and that it is the DNO`s responsibility.

Your thoughts please....

KME

 
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The meters and supply fuses should be in a common area. The owner of the property is liable for any costs incurred in moving the equipment. I assume the basement used to be accessible from the hallway before the ground floor flat was formed. This is a fairly common occurance.

 
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Probably a question for Sinewave, Steptoe or any of you who know the DNO rules & regs.......4 storey HMO. All the metering is in the cellar, which

a... can only be accessed through the ground floor flat; and

b... cannot be accessed by ANY of the tenant, for health & safety reasons.

2 of the tenants would like to have pre-payment meters.

However, this is going to necessitate moving the whole lot to the ground floor communal hallway....

WPD are going to come and look at it, and provide a quote.

The property management company, who contract out the electrical works to me, believe that the meters should be accessible for emergencies; and that it is the DNO`s responsibility.

Your thoughts please....

KME
I would concur with Slip's general points,

but just to add..

IMHO..

Some aspects of who is responsible to pay may depend on the tenancy agreements.

i.e I presume as there is only one meter, the tenant's must be paying some fixed charge, shared out for the electricity as opposed to individual usage?

If it is the tenant's who are pushing for individual metering... I am not sure how obliged the landlord is to have to provide it?

If their existing agreements state there is a shared cost for electricity! :|

Access to the meter via the ground floor flat must always be arranged with the permission of the ground floor tenant.

Even a landlord has no legal rights to enter a rented house/room without permission on the tenant. I thinks its some trespass law or something?

Its definitely not the DNO's responsibility to pay for moving the meter..

cuz a new landlord could then take over... and rearrange the building so the meter is back in another flat!! :eek:

 
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I would concur with Slip's general points,but just to add..

IMHO..

Some aspects of who is responsible to pay may depend on the tenancy agreements.

i.e I presume as there is only one meter, the tenant's must be paying some fixed charge, shared out for the electricity as opposed to individual usage?

Nah mate. This is the whole issue. All four flats have individual meters. They`re in a line in the cellar. Sorry if I didn`t make that clear.Blushing

If it is the tenant's who are pushing for individual metering... I am not sure how obliged the landlord is to have to provide it?

The landlords would like the tenants to have prepayment meters. Stops all the argy-bargy when a tenant leaves owing moneyX(

If their existing agreements state there is a shared cost for electricity! :|

Access to the meter via the ground floor flat must always be arranged with the permission of the ground floor tenant.

Even a landlord has no legal rights to enter a rented house/room without permission on the tenant. I thinks its some trespass law or something?

Without prior arrangement m8.

Its definitely not the DNO's responsibility to pay for moving the meter..

cuz a new landlord could then take over... and rearrange the building so the meter is back in another flat!! :eek:
Thought that would be the case bud. cheers.Guiness Drink

Off to beddies now. C. U. later

 
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Thought that would be the case bud. cheers.Guiness DrinkOff to beddies now. C. U. later
I would have thought the tenants would have had the right to look at their meter to verify cost charged!

If its in a cellar accessed though someone else's property (which is how a rented room is seen until the tenant moves out) then the landlord should have shifted them a long time ago! IMO?

goodnight;) :z :z:z

 

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