EDF forced entry into property with warrant on tenant!

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9:45 AM, 25th April 2016
About 5 years ago

EDF forced entry into property with warrant on tenant!

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EDF forced entry into property with warrant on tenant!

We had some tenants of a property, who moved out at the end of the tenancy. We revisited the property later and found that EDF had drilled out a lock and entered our property about ten days after the Tenants moved out and changed the meters. They were set up so that if any new tenants had come in they would have been paying off the old tenants bills of £3000 (yes three thousand pounds).drilled lock

EDF have after some pressure changed the meters back to billing in arrears ones, enabling us to rent the property.

They say they had a warrant. I pointed out that the warrant would be addressed to the Tenant. They refuse to produce it. Of course they must have a right to enter my property – the tenants no longer were in possession. Its no good for them to have rights against the tenant under the warrant – they must have rights against us to allow entry. We have claimed damages in correspondence for trespass.

Anybody have a similar experience? With what result?




Michael Barnes

10:58 AM, 1st May 2016
About 5 years ago

1. Had you notified them that the tenant had left?

2. Since I had a similar experience of drilled locks, I have put a small printed sticker on the letter box of each property saying "for access call <number>".

Julie Jones

17:34 PM, 1st May 2016
About 5 years ago

I've had a similar experience of an energy company holding me responsible for a debt which wasn't mine, and continually chasing me for the same. Having got thoroughly fed up, it seems I inadvertently found a way to get the energy company to update their records:

Having had an issue with NPower chasing me for a debt left by a tenant, I provided them with tenancy documentation. More than once. Considerable time was spent not only providing them with documentation on multiple occasions and discussing the issue with them on multiple occasions, during which they admitted, more than once, that they had the documentation on file, but that they hadn't transferred it into the right bit of their system yet. Eventually I told them that if they carried on continually contacting me, I would be billing them for my time, and that contacting me further on this matter would be deemed to be acceptance of this agreement.

Further to sending invoices more than once, and the barrage of chasing from NPower still continuing, I started a small claims court claim for the debt outstanding for my time spent coordinating things. NPower have just agreed to settle this out of court.

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