Question: Re-selling Fuel. My landlord is re-selling me electricity through his own meter and I suspect he may be overcharging me for it. What can I do?
Answer: The Office of Gas & Electricity Markets (Ofgem) introduced new legislation in January 2003 which governs the maximum resale price (MRP) of electricity and gas to domestic (residential) tenants. These include all residential tenancy situations, holiday lets, park homes and house boats.
However, landlords supplying energy to commercial premises (i.e. shops, offices & factory units) are exempt from this law.
The new legislation means that a reseller must only charge per unit of electricity what they themselves actually pay for it – they cannot make a profit.
All electricity meters used for either domestic or commercial applications must conform to current European regulations. These standards for meters manufactured in the UK are governed by Ofgem (The Office of Gas & Electricity Markets).
ALL meters used for billing MUST conform to the European standard BS EN61036 and backed up with formal Approval Documentation.
Re-selling Electricity – Landlord Guidance from Ofgem
Re-Selling Electricity and Gas – A landlord Guide
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By Tom Entwistle,
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