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I run a small cafe that has a flat above that is rented out

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HiI run a small cafe that has a flat above that is rented out by the landlord/agency. Both the business property and flat are rented out separately by the same landlord.After renting the property for a few months, we discovered that the tenant in the flat was paying a flat rate for utility bills to the landlord, while the business property was paying the bill directly. While this was happening, all utilities went through the business property's bills. The landlord told the tenant that he would be paying the business property renter the difference in the bills, but we did not receive anything.In the 3 months before the tenant in the flat above moved out, the electricity bill was showing over 3000kwh usage. After the tenant moved out the usage went down to 1300kwh. This shows that we were paying over double our actual electricity usage. The landlord seems to be ignoring our calls and messages.What can we do?Thanks in advance

Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you.

You need to work out your overpayment, this is your loss.

You need to write and set out your losses and request a refund within 14 days or say you will go to Court within 14 days. You should make sure you send this signed delivery and keep a copy.

If they do not refund you then you can issue proceedings in the County Court. You can either do this online at: www.moneyclaim.gov.uk or by completing form N1 http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/hmctsformfinder/n1-eng.pdf and take it to your local County Court.

The Court will then issue a claim which a copy will be sent to the Defendant who will have a limited time to defend it, if not you can enter Judgment and enforce.

If the claim is for £10,000 or less it will be a small claim so you will not need legal representation. Over this value, you would need representation for trial.

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