Replacing the electricity meter in the apartment: who pays

In the last replacement of the electricity meter is increasingly becoming a necessity. Many people want to put meters that can separately count electricity at different times (multi-tariff), in some cases it is necessary, since the meter has broken down or started working incorrectly. To determine who should pay for the work and the meter itself, several factors need to be considered. 

In which cases it is necessary to change the electricity meter

There are three main reasons why there is a need to replace the electricity meter:

  • Modernization of the network or planned replacement of meters.
  • Expiration of service life (not an interval between check-ups).
  • Breakage and failure, incorrect charge.
  • Desire to install a multi-tariff counter.
Old electricity meters are changed to new ones

Old electricity meters are changed to new ones

Explain the second point - with the rest it's all clear. Each meter has a certain working resource, after which it starts to incorrectly keep a record of the consumed electricity. In most cases, this can be eliminated by repair, but the repair cost is commensurate with the cost of the new one. Therefore, in such cases, the decision is most often made to change the electricity meter. And rightly: after repair, it can quickly fail or again begin to "lie".

The second point: if the meter has expired, it is likely for many years and it is not designed for the amount of electricity that we need now. This may be the reason that you often knock out plugs or triggered automatic protection.

At whose expense

Owners of private houses when changing the meter almost always pay the cost of the meter and the work themselves. This is their property and their responsibility. With the owners of privatized apartments is almost the same story - if the meter is installed in the apartment, the owner of housing pays for the replacement of the electricity meter. But, in principle, there may be options: you must carefully read the contract that you concluded with the energy supply organization. There are points about who should pay for the replacement and maintenance. If you have signed a standard contract, then all responsibility falls on you. If you made changes and the contract is signed with changes, then the organization that is registered in the contract will pay.

If the energy meter is located on the site, its replacement is paid by the CC

If the energy meter is located on the site, its replacement is paid by the CC

If in an apartment house energy meters are on a ladder platform, the electricity meter is replaced at the expense of the management campaign, since in this case it is a house-building property. In the event of damage, failure, end of life, pays for the replacement of the Criminal Code, which concludes a contract for work with the energy supply organization.

The same is true with municipal (not privatized) apartments. Maintenance and replacement of electricity meters is due to the management campaign.

There is only one point: the UK pays for the replacement of the electricity meter only if it is non-working, clearly lies or they have a planned replacement. If you wanted to change the usual meter to a multi-tariff meter, pay everything - both the meter and the installation - to you.

Who should set and order of work

If the replacement of the meter is paid by the CM, they themselves conclude work contracts. Usually - with an energy supply organization. If, under the contract, replacement is your responsibility, you have two options - to replace the electricity meter yourself, or to pay all the same energy supply organization. The option to hire a third-party company is not the best, because when you receive a problem you may have problems, because if you want, you can always find fault.

In any case, the electricity meter is replaced with the permission of the energy sales campaign. Even in the event of a complete malfunction and stopping the device, you can not do anything by yourself. You need to put Energosbyt in the notice. After that, their representative must come to you, write down the meter readings and only after that you can start working. For the whole time the meter does not work, they charge the payment according to the regulations approved in the region.

The easiest way is to sign a contract for the replacement of an electricity meter with an energy sale

The easiest way is to sign a contract for the replacement of an electricity meter with an energy sale

Upon completion of the work on replacing the meter, representatives of the energy supply organization should seal it and give you an act of completed work, indicating the series and number of the counter, the number of the seal, the current readings. If you have concluded a contract with an energy supply, an act of providing services and a technical passport on a counter with signatures and seals. On the basis of all this it is possible to conclude a service agreement. After that, we can assume that the replacement of the electricity meter is over.

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