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Discussion in 'Repairs & Maintenance' started by vtt, 4th Mar, 2016.

  1. vtt

    vtt Well-Known Member

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    Who pays for repair or replacement of the electricity meter if it stops working? In other words power is still functioning but the meter is not?

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  2. EN710

    EN710 Well-Known Member

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    Landlord I think :confused:
     
  3. Sonamic

    Sonamic Well-Known Member

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    Insurance.
     
  4. The Y-man

    The Y-man Moderator Staff Member

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    ooooooo.....free power...........

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  5. Vacant

    Vacant Well-Known Member

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    A friend in NZ is going through this problem. It was caused by his power company and sounds like their whole streets meters are down somehow. Has been going on for about 12 months and they're just on a flat rate until they replace the whole streets meters. I guess it depends how it broke.
     
  6. vtt

    vtt Well-Known Member

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    What if (hypothetically, of course) it wasn't to the whole street, it was just an individual house? Meter has not been tampered with or anything, it just doesn't work. Unknown how long it has been like this for.

    Does the owner have responsibility for the meter? I don't think the owner "owns" the meter, but who does?
     
  7. The Y-man

    The Y-man Moderator Staff Member

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    Your provider and the grid owner through them.

    Just make sure they don't hit you with some ridiculous estimate back bill.

    A friend has a bung smart meter which he kept reporting but instead of fixing it, the provide kept sending estimate bills way higher than he would normally pay.

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  8. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    The responsibility lies with the supply authority. If they can't access your meter they issue an estimate (eg you have 2 rottweilers in the front yard or the meter box is locked with your padlock).

    If it can't be read because of a faulty meter, how are they going to justify their claim for usage if they can't substantiate it? Grumble at them.
     
  9. DaveM

    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

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    This. The demarc point is the main switch on the board, past that is yours.
     
  10. vtt

    vtt Well-Known Member

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    Ok so if the meter is not working, for example the latest reading is the same as the previous one (and possibly prior to this as well - not sure) is the home owner obligated to let the supply authority know? There's nothing else wrong with the meter ... I mean the *hypothetical* meter... it is in hypothetical undamaged condition but very old.
    :)