17:54 PM, 10th June 2015, About 7 years ago 19
We have a rental property which at present is empty. The previous tenants were issued with a section 21 and owe us 4 months rent. They left on 4th May and we have new tenants moving in this weekend.
However, my husband went down to check the property today to make sure everything is in order and found firstly that he could not get in the front door (locks changed), and secondly that both the electric and gas meters have been removed. After a lot of investigation we have found out that the energy supplier went in there with a bailiff because the old tenant owed so much money and did this.
Are they legally allowed to do this without informing the owners, we are now left with more cash outlay as to get new meters put in they want a deposit of £375 for the gas and £400 for the electric, plus they can not guarantee that they will be able to do this by Saturday when the new tenants move in.
Any advice on this would be gratefully received.