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By Kathryn on 12/02/2018
EICR ELECTRICAL SAFETY TEST SHOWED
Our client was lighting his landlord’s premises, which is a part of a 10,000sq ft warehouse.
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A tenant in a 10,000 sq ft warehouse in Oldbury, Birmingham off Junction 3 of the M5, was unaware he was paying his landlord’s huge lighting bill. A regulatory EICR Electrical Safety five year check, part of his tenancy agreement, showed his landlord was only paying for the supply to electricity sockets, not the electric lighting supply. The £22,000 plus VAT remedial work necessary to meet regulatory standards, and insurance criterion identified that the tenant, had been paying for his landlords lighting, as the supply had not been properly separated.
A Track and Trace audit, ie tracking the electricity supply and tracing who is paying for it, carried out by one of Mr Electric’s Qualifying Supervisors, Matt, showed what was happening. Both landlord and tenant were unaware the landlord was being supplied with lighting free of charge!.
As a result, the rent was renegotiated to compensate for the huge overspend, and the electricity supply separated. Our client is now only paying for his own electricity usage. The payback has been immediate.
“This is not at all unusual” says Jeff Longley, Director of Mr Electric, Birmingham.
“We have recently attended a property where the upstairs tenant was unaware he was paying for the electricity supplied to a Chinese Takeaway downstairs, until he turned his electricity off and found he had cut off the Takeaway’s electricity, and called us to sort the problem out.”
On another occasion, a client, a multi million pound company found it had overpaid £54,000 over a 5 year period, as the property hadn’t had the electricity supply professionally split.
This can easily happen when properties are let and sublet. It is always worth checking professionally.
Jeff Longley is a Director of Mr Electric Birmingham a 24/7, 365 days per year, exacting electrical contractor to domestic, public, commercial and industrial customers. It provides NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) qualified, trained, DBS checked installers with ID, in company signed vehicles, carrying out over 1,300 jobs per month.
The company is working towards helping to reduce emissions as an approved Govt. Office authorised company, registered to install and offer grant funded Electric Vehicle Chargepoints.
It is also involved with Heat Genius a way of reducing commercial heating costs by up to 48% working with Energy Efficiency Award winning company, Genius Hub.
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Mr. Electric Unit 9 Ariane, Lichfield Road Ind. Est. Tamworth, Staffs, B79 7XF