Energy: Meters

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether there is any legal requirement for (a) landlords and (b) energy companies to move existing energy meters and connected isolation fuses from exterior store cupboards into individual flats.

Photo of Richard Harrington Richard Harrington Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

There are no such regulations for landlords. Under Schedule 7 of the Electricity Act 1989, the supplier shall determine the position of the meter within the customer’s premises, unless in all circumstances it is more reasonable to place it outside premises or in some other position. The position of a gas meter must comply with the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.

For prepayment meters, under the terms of their supply licence, suppliers must alter the position of the meter if it is not safe and reasonably practicable in all circumstances for the consumer to use it.

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