Registered with Property118.comSaturday 27th September 2014
We have found that by giving groups key meters they let them go into the red and run out of energy when they are skint, especially over Christmas or holidays. Then the boilers need firing up (often a call out) and you end up with condensation / black mould during cold and wet winters. This becomes a redecorating cost and a possible issue in the last month when the tenant wants to exit early and blames the environment on their 'breathing problems' ... pay the bills, it's easier and may be cheaper in the long run!
It's my understanding a warrant is required to enter the property and to date representatives are still attending magistrates court daily to seek such warrants. The utility companies have a procedure in place to contact/ visit and warn the bill payer. They tell the court what steps have been taken to recover the debt and the magistrates can refuse the warrant if the grounds are not sufficient ( based on the evidence given and any questions the court may have). The court is assisting the utility company to recover debt without knowing the position between landlord and tenant.
I have had my share of problems with tenants running up debts and now know that if a tenant is in rent arrears then it's likely they have debts they aren't managing all round, which might trigger an inspection that takes in a meter read/ check. Or if that's a problem, get your gas safety engineer to cast an eye over it if he is due. In my experience such tenants have also skipped from one utility company to another, used more than one top up card in a meter and put the supply back into my name mid-tenancy. I have had to deal with a lot of unwanted admin and a little financial loss over this but I would be most interested to hear if any landlord has managed to get compensation for trespass or damage. From what I know I doubt it but would be delighted to find out it has happened for anyone.
I looked into this for the reasons mentioned.
Having spoken with BG, realised you needed an internet connection and a separate email address for each account and you would need one app per property.
I haven't pushed it but wondered if there was now a solution for multiple account...
Reply to the comment left by "Appalled Landlord" at "05/03/2016 - 09:32":
Hi Appalled Landlord. This is a link generated by the NLA page. I tried to find a share of this that had a lot more comments but couldn't.
It's the Betsy Dillner interview and the comments in the last 30 secs of the video that riled me.
Thank you, I have complained. I also saw this in FB posted by the NLA and of course the responses there.