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bugbyte_2
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Writing on behalf of my son - He lives in a HMO with one main electric meter that splits into a meter for each of the 6 flats. My son has to buy credit from the landlord directly who charges 39p Kw/h, but the main meter charges the landlord 32p Kw/h, so he is making 7p per Kw/h from everyone, which adds up to an extra about £14 per flat per month. In addition, none of the government grants have filtered through to the tennants. Is any of this legal or just unethical?
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  • Officer_Dibble
    Officer_Dibble Posts: 382 Forumite
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    If they're only paying 39p/kWh then the government grants (at least the EPG "cap") have filtered down, as that's significantly lower than the Ofgem price cap.
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  • Robin9
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    The LL is not allowed to make a profit but he can recover the costs of maintaining  the installation up to your sons flat.

    Your son does not qualify for the government £400 grant.
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  • Also, is it 32p plus VAT maybe?
  • frugalmacdugal
    frugalmacdugal Posts: 10,077 Forumite
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    Hi,
    Does your son pay any daily standing charge?
  • bugbyte_2
    bugbyte_2 Posts: 413 Forumite
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    Thanks for the replies, my son does not pay for a standing charge so tis may account for it.
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  • macman
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    He'll be able to apply for the EBSS Alternative Funding scheme sometime later this month.
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  • bugbyte_2
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    If they're only paying 39p/kWh then the government grants (at least the EPG "cap") have filtered down, as that's significantly lower than the Ofgem price cap.
    Aforementioned son here 

    Thanks for your reply, I am unsure what you mean by 39p/kWh being less than the Ofgem price cap, on the Ofgem website it says that its 34p/kWh? 

    As for a standing charge the landlords meter does have a £3.50ish per week as a standing charge but even so that would not come any ware close to accounting for the difference. 

    As for VAT I have to assume that the figure on both the meters either include or exclude VAT I would be extremely surprised if one included and the other excluded. 
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    bugbyte_2 said:

    Thanks for your reply, I am unsure what you mean by 39p/kWh being less than the Ofgem price cap, on the Ofgem website it says that its 34p/kWh? 

    The price cap is for standard variable domestic tariffs paid for by Direct Debit, which doesn't apply to you.

    Your landlord may be on a commercial tariff (in which case he won't be getting the £400) or it could be a more expensive domestic tariff because of not being paid by DD.

    You say the main meter charges the LL 32p/kWh, how do you know this?  What type of meter is it (e.g. prepayment)?
  • bugbyte_2
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    Thanks, that's very clear.
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