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I am a landlord - british gas are wanting to put in a prepay

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I am a landlord - british gas are wanting to put in a prepay meter. they have obtained a warrant. the tenant is willing to pay arrears by DD or any other means and neither of us want the meter changing. do they have the legal right?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 3 years ago.

Alex Watts :

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Alex Watts :

Yes they do.

Alex Watts :

They have a Court Order giving entry

Alex Watts :

This means they can go in and put in a pre-pay meter

Alex Watts :

The warrant would have been granted by a Court.

Alex Watts :

The tenants would have been notified of the intention and invited to attend Court

Alex Watts :

Clearly they did not

Alex Watts :

So sadly you can not stop BG installing a meter

Alex Watts :

I am sorry if this is not the answer you want, nor the one I want to give you, but I have a duty to be honest

Alex Watts :

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

Customer:

The tenant was notified but not invited to attend court. Would this have any bearing on matters. legally? Also, as the landlord I own the building and not the tenant. Surely British Gas must have some contact with the owner rather than just the tenant?

Alex Watts :

They would have been notified yes - but this was granted by a Court.

Alex Watts :

It makes no different as you are not the customer, the tenant is.

Alex Watts :

If the tenant leaves you can ask that it is changed back

Alex Watts :

But the Court has given a warrant of entry

Alex Watts :

I am sorry

Customer:

Ok, many thanks for your help.

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