Should separate Communal areas have separate electricity meters?
02/12/2011 9:48 am
I live in an Housing association property that shares a communal area with one other tenant with it's own door entrance. The next doors property is also owned by the same Housing Association, which has it's own separate door entrance and communal area shared by three flats. The problem is there is only one Landlords electricicty meter for both separate communal areas and all five tenants, three in in one building and two in the other have to pay for the Landlords electricity costs consumed via both communal area five ways.
The main issue is that one communal area is using their storage heater and the other isn't and the yearly Landlords electricity costs are £366 and the two tenants in the communal area that does not gain the benefit of that storage heater in use, is having to pay towards the electricity consumed to operate that storage heater in the other three tenants communal area.
What I want to know is, should separate communal areas have their own independant landlords electricity meter? Have i a right to ask for this, as I believe that when these two houses were converted into flats many years ago, that two separate meters should have been installed as there are two separate communal areas where two tenants share one area and the other three ternants share the other and both communal areas have their own separate door entrance. And should the Landlord be expected to pay for the cost incurred to separately meter both communal areas?