How to resolve £400 outstanding on a prepayment meter?

How to resolve £400 outstanding on a prepayment meter?

10:21 AM, 22nd August 2022, About 2 months ago 2

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Hello everyone, The property I have just purchased has over £400 outstanding on a secondary prepayment meter in a leasehold flat, resulting in no electricity.

The freeholder sells credits for the meters but, of course, I will not get any electricity until I have paid the debt.

He is not interested in clearing the debt.

I have checked the manual for the meter and he can do that.

Is there anything I can do to force the freeholder to clear the debt from the meter?

Thank you.

Brett



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Smartermind

10:47 AM, 22nd August 2022, About 2 months ago

You are not liable for a previous energy user's energy debt. Clear the debt and then complain to the energy ombudsman (OF-USELESS-GEM) and if you get no joy there, take the leaseholder to the small claims court. Maybe, whoever did the legal work for the property purchase are also liable for not checking for outstanding debts?

Judith Wordsworth

16:34 PM, 22nd August 2022, About 2 months ago

Your solicitor should have known about this, but if didn’t ask them as rather negligent.

Speak to your conveyancer, or senior partner, and get them to sort this or claim on their indemnity insurance.

Why is the Freeholder involved? Definitely something your conveyancer ought to have known as certainly unusual
Though you might have to pay the outstanding amount.

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