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sneha jaiswal   03 December 2023

Landlord taking extra electricity charge from tenant

Dear Team, 

This a matter concerning an electricity bill that was taken by the Landlord from the tenant. The landlord used to take electricity charges from the Tenant not as per the charge taken by the government. The tenant is a law student staying in Ghaziabad to complete her law school. 

Landlord for last 3 years taking electricity charge as per Rs. 9 per unit. However, the law student noticed this and had a conversation with “Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited” via a toll-free number. The real charge as per the area concerned was Rs. 6.5 per unit. 

The law student had all the transaction details that were taken within 3 years. How many units were used each month, the amount taken by the landlord. Also, after knowing the real facts, and did all the calculations the difference amount was Rs.19,257/- was wrongfully taken from her. 

She told her landlord and they are asking her to vacate the place and not adjusting the amount and denying their liability. Also, taking the defence even they were not known about this fact.

I request you to kindly help with the same. What are the remedies available to the law student? 


Sneha Jaiswal 



 3 Replies

Dr. MPS RAMANI Ph.D.[Tech.] (Scientist/Engineer)     28 January 2024

There is no law under which you can be proptected. A landlord can ask you to vacate the premises. Going to court etc. will be difficult. As you are a law student you may be knowing many senior lawyers. You can consult them. Is there a tenancy agreement with the landlord? What does it say?

T. Kalaiselvan, Advocate (Advocate)     29 January 2024

Let the tenant issue a legal demand notice to the landlord demanding the excess electricity charges he had received from the tenant till this date.

If the landlord is forcing her to vacate, she can file a suit for injunciton to restrain the landlord from forcibly evicting her other than by due process of law.

Dr. MPS RAMANI Ph.D.[Tech.] (Scientist/Engineer)     30 January 2024

When a landlord charges for electrical energy from a tenant, it need not necessarily be limited to the energy consumption. The landlord has spent money to install and maintain the electrical system. He has to recover that also from the user. Whether the capital cost and maintenance of the electrical system are included in the rent paid can be disputable. What are the electrical appliances such as light bulbs, fans and others provided by the landlord at his cost?  The landlord is buying electricity from the Electricity Board and selling it to the tenant. There is no law that he should sell it at cost. He can include his service charges and propfit. That is why that I said that there is no law in this case. You can go to court and try your luck.

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