Cost of living payment not given if your electric meter is a secondary meter.

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Ja_Mez
Ja_Mez Posts: 7 Forumite
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edited 18 November 2022 at 9:07AM in Energy
Having not received any payments yet towards the £400 from the government I queried it with my energy supplier. Turns out I am on a secondary prepay meter because the house was converted into flats. The landlord has the primary meter and he would have received the payment but has not passed it on to the tenants of the flats. Is the landlord allowed to keep this payment or does he have to pass it on to those who actually pay for the electricity?
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  • GingerTim
    GingerTim Posts: 2,055 Forumite
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    Is the building's supply a domestic or commercial tariff? If the latter, then the landlord won't have received the £400 either.
  • Ja_Mez
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    GingerTim said:
    Is the building's supply a domestic or commercial tariff? If the latter, then the landlord won't have received the £400 either.
    I have no idea. I dont even know my own tariff as it just states  "prepayment tariff".

    I guess the next question is, is each individual household with the building entitled to the £400 from the government or is it just one payment of £400 split between each household?
  • pochase
    pochase Posts: 3,449 Forumite
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    If the landlord gets the payment at all he will get only £400 in total.
  • GrumpyDil
    GrumpyDil Posts: 1,643 Forumite
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    I'm slightly confused and possibly missing something here but wanted to make sure? 

    If you have a prepayment meter then how do you pay for your energy? Also if the account is in your Landlord's name then I'm confused as to how you spoke to them or even knew who they were? 
  • Robin9
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    @Ja_Mez  Who is your Energy Supplier ?   I am guessing that it's not Edf or SP etc but a private agency acting on behalf of the landlord.

    Then as above, neither you or any other tenants will get £400 .  Nor even the landlord will get it  if he is on a commercial business tariff.  (but watch this space, but don't hold your breath)

    I get a Business Tariff  paying 34p for the electric and getting 0.25p reduction under the EDBR scheme.
    Never pay on an estimated bill
  • Ja_Mez
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    GrumpyDil said:
    I'm slightly confused and possibly missing something here but wanted to make sure? 

    If you have a prepayment meter then how do you pay for your energy? Also if the account is in your Landlord's name then I'm confused as to how you spoke to them or even knew who they were? 
    Its a smart meter and all payments done automatic through an online portal. When your credit drops to a specified amount, your credit card it automatic charged a set amount.

    The primary meter is in landlords name, each secondary meter is in name of a tenant. I spoke to the people who I pay for my electric. They told me about the different meters and that the primary meter would get the payment. They didnt tell me anything else and I didnt think to ask anything else. 

    If the people I pay for electric are not my energy supplier, does that make the landlord my energy supplier?
  • Robin9
    Robin9 Posts: 12,142 Forumite
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    Who are you paying ?

    Ja_Mez said:

    If the people I pay for electric are not my energy supplier, does that make the landlord my energy supplier?
    Yes
    Never pay on an estimated bill
  • pochase
    pochase Posts: 3,449 Forumite
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    Yes, in a way he is your supplier, but no, he will not get the money from the government to pay over to you.

    The government is aware that there are people like you who are not covered by the system of paying through the electricity account, because they don't have an account with the energy suppliers who are used to distribute the money.

    There are every few months updates that they are looking into how they can also give the £400 to those, the latest was in late October, but nothing has happened here at all, and nobody knows if anything will happen.
  • Ja_Mez
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    Robin9 said:
    Who are you paying ?

    https://www.meterpay.net/
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    You don’t get £400. Nobody on a sub meter gets £400.

    If the landlord happens to be on the sort of contract that means they get £400, and that is unlikely, there is nothing that says they should or will pass any of it to you.
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