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Doyou mean that the meter is not allowed to be read at all?
Isthe landlord of your property the landlord of the property below?
Arethey refusing access to Scottish Power?
Whatproblems is this creating?
meter read very infrequently, the odd time when the company manager is not there to stop. I believe even the meter reader has been refused access on occasion.
I do not know if my landlord is also the landlord of the commercial premises. I suspect not.
Ridiculously high and innacurate estimated readings and threats from Scottish Power. Latest letter states I am £2,400+ in arrears on a 1 bed flat!
Is he the owner ofthe company or does he just manage the shop?
Is there a headoffice?
Is it a shop?
If he is not therebut other staff are, can you then get access? Ie, Do you get access when he isnot there?
Why does he refuse?
Is there otherhistory between you?
The utility companies actually have a statutory right to read the meter but that right is enforceable against you and therefore you must facilitate meter reading.
I would get a solicitor preferably to write to the shop manager owner threatening an application to court for an injunction to compel him to give access to you and to the utility company, on reasonable notice (48 hours during the week) or at any time when the premises are occupied.
There is no reason why you cannot do this yourself, but the solicitors letter, threatening the court application and threatening to ask the court to award costs against him may focus his mind.
If you want to make the application yourself make the application on form N16A for which there is a fee of £175. If he does not roll over once he gets proceedings, thereof then other fees including the hearing fee which is £200. You can ask the court to award those costs against him.
Forms are available here http://hmctscourtfinder.justice.gov.uk/HMCTS/FormFinder.do
and the court the list is form EX50 also available from that link.
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No head office
Car sales showroom
Only very very occasional access in the past not something that can be repeated he is adamant
Says it is detrimental to his business letting 'all & sundry' have access, also claims he is trying to sell the busines and meters for other properties are an impediment.
No hostory other than this though get the impression he resents flats above his business. he does have a bit of a 'sharp' reputation amongst pother car dealers in the town.
In which case, heis obviously just in noxious piece of...
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