Do any of your properties still use coin sub-meters to charge tenants for gas and electricity? These will not work after 15 October 2017 when old pound coins cease to be legal tender, and many landlords and agents might be tempted to remove the old meters to modify them. However, the legislation changed in October 2016 and it is now illegal to “put in use” a non-MID approved meter to measure electricity or gas consumption. Non-MID sub-meters which are already in operation are legal so long as they are accurate, but reinstalling them after a modification or a repair is illegal. The fine is up to £5,000 and it would be difficult to conceal this illegal act from a disgruntled tenant, and the fine can be lodged against an agent as well as the landlord.
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