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Hi there, we are renting a flat from a private landlord.

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Hi there,

we are renting a flat from a private landlord. For economic reason,
we would like to know if we can change the actual electric meter, initially installed by the landlord.
We know EDF can do it free of charge easily.
At present we have to buy cards from our landlord to insert in our meter. we have no official bill.
Our landlord buys the cards from an unknowned (to us tenant) supplier and then resales them to us as we need them. We have no choice but to buy his cards in advance or to go to his house to get them, which is not practical at all.
We have to buy them at £5 a card with no indication of how much KWatts we get for that price.
Last winter we still had a Pound meter, which took at least £240 a month in the cold months. that was terribly expensive.
We have been renting this flat for almost 18 years, and have always been good tenants, now we are looking for a better deal from a different supplier, because it is not cocevable to pay that price for energy supply.
The landlord can be extremly difficult and before we approach him with this project, we would greatly appreciate your advice on this matter.
In clear the question is: "Are we allowed to change the actual meter for a private one with a bill from a different supplier without needing the landlord consent?"

We are looking forward to your answer.

Yours sincerely.
Christine hopper.
We have already make some reasearches and finfd out that as private tenant we can change the meter as long as we put it back before leaving the flat when moving out.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Stuart J replied 3 years ago.

Thank you for your question here on Just answer. It is my pleasure to try and assist you with this today. Please bear with me if I need to ask for any further information from you in order for me to be able to advise you fully. My name is Law Denning and I am a practising solicitor. I have been an expert on this website in UK law since 2008. During that time, as you appreciate, I have answered thousands of questions from satisfied users on a variety of subjects.
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Would you replace it after leaving?
Expert:  dianne-cssm replied 3 years ago.
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