Move electric meter

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  1. sully872000

    sully872000

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    I need to move my electric meter and was wondering if an electrician can move it or does it have to be moved by the electricity supplier.
     
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  3. Harry Bloomfield

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    It has to be done by the network operator and it will usually be chargeable.
     
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    It depends how far the meter needs moving. I recently had my electric meter moved, and my electrician said if the distance had been just a couple of feet, with sufficient play in the main cable in length already attached, he could do it, but as my wall was being demolished, and the meter needed moving about 6 feet, and new cable added, the energy company had to come, and the power network too, and the whole job cost about £1500. If you get a new meter (mine insisted, as I still had a very old one) do make sure it gets registered by the electricity company with the relevant body (whose name I forget). Mine didn't, as they went bust a couple of weeks after fitting the new meter. It caused me a nightmare lasting 8 or 9 months, with Scottish Power (who I'd been transferred to by the gov) insisting the old meter was still there, and using a fictitious reading they insisted was an 'actual' reading. I kept pointing out, it didn't even exist any more, so couldn't possibly be 'actual'. I sent photos of new meter repeatedly, spent many many hours on the phone to new people every time. I changed to Octopus as soon as I could, who did register the new meter, but were only allowed to do it from the day they took over, though they did fight SP on my behalf. Finally, instead of a £400 electric bill I knew I didn't owe SP, they finally refunded me £18 and gave me £50 compensation. So make sure you take photos of your meter before disconnection, showing it's reading, and get any new meter registered!!! :)
     
  5. Harry Bloomfield

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    No it does not depend on how far it needs moving and it is illegal for your or any electrician to move it at all, no mater how small the distance.
     
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    Hi Harry, thanks for quick reply, guessing you mean "does not" rather than does, from the rest of your sentence? I was just going on what my electrician said? In the event, due to distance of several feet, mine was all done properly, except for the lack of registration.
     
  7. Harry Bloomfield

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    Yes, now corrected.
     
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