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no, the application hearing is tomorrow.Also please note points:
1. the electric has told the previous tenant they wont transfer accountuntil he has paid them substantially.
2. as the occupier, i have not received any direct notice from the electric company of the warrant application hearing tomorrow.
3. the previous occupant has told me has has agreed an instalment plan with them to pay over 3 payments, and he has already paid the first one.
4. this is my 1st month of my 3 year lease. i have not had any bill. i have just received a form in the post today "Change of Tenant" asking me to fill in and send back.
the electric company's warrant application is being made under Rights of Entry (Gas and Electricity Boards) Act 1954, section 2.
in principal, they have said they will seek the Warrant but if the old tenant pays the instalments, they will not enforce it.surely, i am not party to the old tenants debts, so is there any provision I can rely on to even prevent the warrant being granted, or will it (as you have said) rely on the Magistrate accepting the common sense points already made?
in relation to "I find courts are becoming increasingly sceptical" - is that towards the utility company or the tenant?
The rep from the utility company saw sense and withdrew the application before the hearing, realising i am not the debtor but the new commercial tenant. Thanks again.