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I have a small shop, which I run 8 lights and a PC in, 8 hours a day. My first quarterly electric bill was and estimate, £170, around £14 a week which is what I was expecting. They read my meter…
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5y, 11m agoPosted 5 years, 11 months ago
I have a small shop, which I run 8 lights and a PC in, 8 hours a day. My first quarterly electric bill was and estimate, £170, around £14 a week which is what I was expecting.

They read my meter a few days ago and I got my second quarterly bill, (which is off a meter read) and its £580 for three months! There is no way I use that sort of energy. I opened the meter cupboard and just below there was a plug socket with a plug in that goes up through the ceiling, seemingly into the flat above.

I know when the landlord was doing up the flat above he had an extension lead going up there as there was no electrics. I also know hes a cowboy.

Anyway, I unplugged the plug and my meter has slowed down by around three quarters. The trouble is, how do I prove what he's been doing, am I liable and what can I do???

Ive only had the shop open 6 months, I cant afford to relocate or to close down but I certainly cant afford to pay for some tarts electricity (above is a 'massage parlour'.)

I phoned the landlord who played dumb and said he'll see me in a week, I phoned the electric company who are going to check the meter and my usage but the trouble is of course, the meter reading is technically correct.

Im losing sleep over this!
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5y, 11m agoPosted 5 years, 11 months ago
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#1
The offence is known as abstracting electricity, look it up !
#2
Thanks, but that seems like a police matter, If I walked into a police station and told them my landlord was stealing electricity Im not sure how interested theyd be.
banned#3
iNSOMANiAC
Thanks, but that seems like a police matter, If I walked into a police station and told them my landlord was stealing electricity Im not sure how interested theyd be.

Try it and find out
banned#4
iNSOMANiAC
Thanks, but that seems like a police matter, If I walked into a police station and told them my landlord was stealing electricity Im not sure how interested theyd be.


I'm sure the wannabe gangster types who no doubt run the massage parlour will be interested in your complaint.
#5
Ridiculous, I would take photos of stuff being setup in that way, and tell them how long that is being going on. (supplier), ask them for some sort of support number as you want to take it further.
#6
Your landlord isn't stealing electricity if he's run the top flat and bottom flat off the one meter -
he's just a cowboy.
#7
She is stealing my electricity, the upstair flat has a meter as I made sure to double check when he was doing it up because I knew straight away he was a dodgy ****

Hers is a card meter

Edited By: iNSOMANiAC on Apr 22, 2011 19:35
#8
get one of those power meter things plug it in and you'll see if power is being used
#9
What do you mean?

my meter is the old one that spins and was spinning a lot faster when the lead was plugged in, now if I plug it in it probably wont have anything connected to it anymore
#10
iNSOMANiAC
What do you mean?

my meter is the old one that spins and was spinning a lot faster when the lead was plugged in, now if I plug it in it probably wont have anything connected to it anymore


http://www.maplin.co.uk/efergy-elite-wireless-energy-saving-meter-225407?c=froogle&u=225407&t=module

one like that then you know and if you come in one day and its suddenly gone up...

Edited By: gratisaja on Apr 22, 2011 19:51
#11
Thanks but as I say its prob a bit late for that now, I should have really left the lead in and said nothing and monitored it, I might have trouble now proving what happened
banned#12
£580 for three months in a flat?.....sounds like they have a hydroponics set up going on upstairs.
#13
slamdunkin
£580 for three months in a flat?.....sounds like they have a hydroponics set up going on upstairs.

i pay £90 a quarter on a 2 bed house .. lol !!!!!
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Ask him to give you some of the weed he's making, it might help you sleep.
#15
drugs...
#16
ADZ1478
The offence is known as abstracting electricity, look it up !

all power companies have a department that deals with theft too, just ring up the local energy supplier and tell them.
#17
OP use your loaf .
Call the power board & demand they come out & check this as it is also dangerous for any non qualified person to muck around with electricity.

Also as said take photos etc & tell them your not paying the bill as you have proof.I'm sure they will agree to charge you the same price as the last bill.
#18
Ive phoned them a couple of times and explained I thought it was being stolen, they said theyre investigating but heard nothing since

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