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« on: May 02, 2022, 02:25:41 PM »

I am the landlord for a commercial property.  The existing tenant moved out and informed the electricity/gas company that he was moving out, and presumably gave them my name.  4 months later, the first communication I received from them was to tell me that I owed them a very large sum of money based on meter readings.  Now, some electricity and gas have been used at the property, but the rates are unbelievable - a 4/day standing charge, 85p/kWh for electricity, etc.  How legal is this?  I know that "deemed rates" are a thing, but I had no communication from them until after they had decided I owed them a large sum of money.  I am pretty close to selling the property too.  What happens if I fail to pay?
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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2022, 03:50:40 PM »

Did you take a meter reading when the tenant moved out?
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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2022, 04:28:06 PM »

Yes we have an actual reading.  It's just the rates that are incredibly high.
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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2022, 05:46:46 PM »

If you are not disputing the amount of energy, just the rates charged,I doubt if you have a case.If you did not arrange a new tariff when the tenant moved out  it seems they can charge you at their highest rate.I made this mistake last year. If you refuse to pay you could end up with a CCJ against your name.It could also complicate the sale.
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2022, 10:59:12 AM »

My big issue with it is that they apparently have no obligation to contact you for months before charging you these rates.  We assumed that the rates would stay roughly the same, and certainly would not be 10 times the normal cost.  They can charge you this for over a quarter of a year before so much as sending you a letter.  How hard would it be for them to communicate a little quicker than that?  Almost as if they purposely leave it for as long as possible before contact so you run up as much of a deemed rates bill as possible.  >:(
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« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2022, 12:11:15 PM »

As my old maths teacher used to say "When you assume you make an ass out of you and me".How we laughed.
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