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Hi thank you for your message, there are two aspects to this firstly, the account is in the name of the landlord, they have it would appear failed to inform British Gas that the unit was being occupied and to switch the account into the name of your company. It would also seem that they have failed to provide them with the correct address to send bills. The Landlord has also failed to check the account or pay the bill and thus, ultimately the landlord would appear to be responsible. As a result of the account not being in your name it would appear you cannot even speak to British Gas about the account, that said as a matter of principle under rules introduced in April 2018 for back billing, by OFGEM the energy regulator no firm is able to bill for energy used more than 12 months ago. Therefore, it is likely that a large part of that sum is unrecoverable. With this in mind and given the circumstances you find yourself, I would advise you raise an initial complaint with British Gas about your treatment and the threat to your business and then immediately on Monday also register a complaint with the Energy Ombudsman you can complain here: https://www.ombudsman-services.org/sectors/energy
You may also wish to seek an injunction to prevent your energy supply being switched off in the interim however, this would cost more money as you would need expert legal representation. I hope this helps, if you can please accept my answer and rate me 5 stars (in the top right of your screen) then Just Answer will credit me for helping you today.