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#1 2011-03-21 02:56:31

mr.nelson
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landlord-and-tenant agreements A new problem with smart meters

Your newspaper has run a couple of articles recently concerning the pros and cons of smart meters (March 6, 8). However, there is an issue that has not been addressed and that is the effect of this change on landlord-and-tenant agreements and relationships.
A tenancy agreement could have the heat and utilities included in the rent or the rent could exclude these costs and the tenant could be required to cover them separately. In either case there is a problem.
A smart meter will only reduce the costs of electricity if the consumer uses the power more in off hours and, of course, this is not convenient. If the consumer does not alter their behaviour then the bill will actually increase and in some cases rather substantially.
Clearly this is a problem if the landlord is paying the bill and wants the tenant to do their laundry at night but there is no incentive to the tenant to do this. This creates friction and has caused some landlords to try to alter the agreement and/or evict the tenant. A tenant does not have to accept a change to the agreement during the tenancy.
On the other hand, if the tenant has the bills coming in their name the owner of the building/home has no incentive to reduce the costs by installing more efficient appliances or upgrading the heating system, insulation, windows and doors. This can obviously cause problems with maintenance issues.
At the Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic we have noticed an increase in the number of disputes between landlords and tenants concerning these issues and nothing in the government’s program has addressed them.
If we are serious about conservation then the costs of the energy used must rest with the only person who can make the investments necessary to reduce those costs and that is the landlord/owner of the property. To have co-operation from the tenant there must be a different incentive system created.


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#2 2011-04-11 02:06:30

bulldog
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Re: landlord-and-tenant agreements A new problem with smart meters

"landlord-and-tenant agreements A new problem with smart metersYour newspaper has run a couple of articles recently"

come on mr nelson,,,why is it our newspaper and not yours,,,well obviously you are from somewhere else........but yet you care so much about stratford........

how quaint....tell us mr nelson,,,,do you care about issues in your  trailer park and leave comments on the bulliton board at the bingo hall??????????

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#3 2011-04-15 13:42:53

Steel
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Registered: 2008-02-16
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Re: landlord-and-tenant agreements A new problem with smart meters

bulldog wrote:

"landlord-and-tenant agreements A new problem with smart metersYour newspaper has run a couple of articles recently"

come on mr nelson,,,why is it our newspaper and not yours,,,well obviously you are from somewhere else........but yet you care so much about stratford........

how quaint....tell us mr nelson,,,,do you care about issues in your  trailer park and leave comments on the bulliton board at the bingo hall??????????

Bully...a very interesting observation and one that was no doubt a slip up for Mr. Neilson. Of course we all know by now that Mr. Neilson is devoid of independant thought and must rely on copy and paste.

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