Landlords clash with supplier over repairs
Two London landlords are taking on French utility giant EDF Energy in a row over who should foot the bill for repairing electricity cables.
Islington Council and Westminster Council's arm's-length management organisation City West Homes claim the energy supplier is responsible for paying for the work.
The cost to Islington alone would be £4 million for 1,000 flats in four of its estates. Leaseholders in the north London borough have campaigned ardently for the council to stand its ground on the issue.
Terry Stacy, the Liberal Democrat deputy leader of Islington Council, said it was siding with its leaseholders. 'We think these repairs are EDF's responsibility and shouldn't fall on Islington leaseholders. That's why we have declared war on EDF.'
A spokesperson for City West Homes said that EDF had asked the energy regulator, Ofgem, to rule on the dispute after Westminster and Islington threatened legal action. 'We welcome Ofgem's intervention in this matter,' she said.
A spokesperson for EDF Energy said it would not be appropriate to comment because the matter had been referred to Ofgem.