10:57 AM, 15th February 2015, About 8 years ago 7
I have been a tenant on a farm on an AST for nearly three years. I have always had trouble with a dodgy oil fired boiler and at times had several days without heating. The owner has now installed a bio mass boiler fuelled by wood pellets to serve my property, two other cottages, his house (perhaps the equivalent of 4 semis), and his swimming pool. Each property is metered although I have not been given the opportunity to take meter readings.
The first invoice from him was for under 6 weeks of heating, It was for £426 and calculated at 7.5p kW/hr. I have queried this rate with the installing company who say he is paying 4.5p kW//hr but the cost is actually more as you have to allow for inefficiency of the boiler (i.e. even a new one will only function at 85%) and then loss of heat as it travels from the boiler to my radiators. This makes the charge of 7.5p seem excessive and is certainly much more that I was paying for my oil when the price was art its highest.
Having queried this price with the landlord, he has revised the charge to 6.5p but this still is ‘to include some allowance towards running and maintenance costs’
I am an estate agent and landlord myself and have never heard of a landlord charging for maintenance of the boiler. I was happy with having an oil fired boiler and no part in the decision to change the method of heating. Do I have any way of challenging his charges or do I have to accept them?
I will really appreciate your comments.
Thanks in advance
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