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If this is a nonconforming use situation (grandfathered in use) then it all depends on what the original lease says about who is responsible for systems like gas and water lines. Typically it would be the landlord who would deal with those things, but the lease could have assigned that duty to the tenant.
But yes, putting up a sturdy fence to protect the meter would be a very good idea regardless of what the lease says.
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