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I have been renting an apartment for about 2.5 years, I have been working abroad and to cut a long story short I have never paid any electricity for the flat (which my sister has been living in).

 

Basically I have just had a call from e-on saying I owe about £3000 and they're asking me to set up a payment plan which they are going to call me back about in a couple of days.

 

I am going to propose paying them a direct debit of £50 - £75 a month along with making payments of around £500 every 3 months.

 

Does anyone know if this is something they will agree to considering the amount outstanding?

 

I am really worried about this as my wife and I are now living in the flat with a baby and I do not want anyone to break in and install a pre-payment meter like they are threatening.

 

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Was the electric in your sister's name when you were away from the country as she was living there? If so, I would have thought a new account should have been opened in your (and/or your wife's) name when you moved back in - meaning your suister owes the electric company for the period when you were not living there, rather than yourself. Just a thought

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OK, £3000.00 sounds a lot of money to pay for 2.5 years usage. May be correct but do you know whether the account was opened on correct or estimated readings. Also has the latest bill been based on estimates or a real reading?

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Lets just say the amount is correct, I just want to know if they will accept my proposed payment plan and not apply for a warrant of entry to fit a pre pay meter, I dont want to dispute the bill.

 

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Last time I checked eon would not set up a DD unless the existing balance was cleared first.

 

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They will set up a direct debit for you if you pay half the outstanding balance and possibly spread the remaining debt over 12 months but you will also need to include your consumption in that payment too. So if you were able to clear half, then £125 pm plus whatever else you use. If you cannot do that, then a prepay meter may be your only option. If thats the case then if I were you I would request one to avoid any further costs. If they do get a warrant you will incur charges which will be in the region of a further £300.

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