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About 3 weeks ago 39
We are in the process of a major renovation project of a period townhouse with 5 flats. The building currently has two overhead phone lines coming in, both of which we understand are now disconnected (the house is now empty). We consulted Openreach on options to arrange new phone lines and were given the following quotes:
1) 5 new overhead lines to an internal box at £988 + VAT
2) underground cable to an internal box £2,878 + VAT (but we are to arrange and pay for the digging up of a trench from boundary to the building and all internal cables from the flats to the internal box)
Ideally we would like to go for the underground option as majority of new connections will nowadays be done that way anyway. However, given that most providers seem to charge a max. of about £125 and it is often substantially cheaper than that when one signs up to a line rental contract, these quotes seem exorbitant.
We are planning to rent the flats and I’m sure the tenants will reasonably expect communications connections to be made available, but – as the landlord – we logically cannot sign up for contracts. Hence we seem to be completely reliant on Openreach for the new lines set up.
Does anyone have any ideas as to how to sort this out in a cost effective way?
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