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Tenant Not Paying Electricity Bill

Premises rented out via Registered Lease Deed. Though the Lease deed contains a condition that the tenant should take his own Electricity Connection at his own Cost,  the tenant was given a connection out of the Common meter but the tenant is not paying the Bills in time and there is a heavy accumulation of  Default amount.

Can the Electricity Supply of the tenant be stopped by giving a Notice to pay the default amount and take a separate connection?

ashokkumar@calibreplacements.com

 
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Advocate

if the tenant is not paying the electricity dues, then the landlord may serve legal notice tot the tenant to pay the said amount within the specified time limit or else the agreement shall stand terminate and the landlord shall be at liberty to adjust the same from the deposit and pay to the electricity distribution company.

 

Kindly serve legal notice immediately to the tenant through an Advocate.

 

Regards

Advocate Rohit Dalmia

9324538481

Mumbai

 
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Social Worker

Dear Rohitji

Even if we serve the Legal Notice and terminate the agreement you cannot throw out the Tenant and will have to go to the Court for evacuation. The tenant will again pile up teh Electricity Bill. So we come back to my original query which u havent answered

Can the Electricity Supply of the tenant be stopped by giving a Notice to pay the default amount and take a separate connection?

 
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Scientist/Engineer

Are you sure that your Lease Deed does not contain anything which can be taken to mean that the rent he pays includes the electricity charges also? Is there a sub-meter to log his electricity consumption? Is he paying his rent regularly?

Electricity is not something like water which is considered an essential service. You can disconnect his power connection after giving notice? Also file a coveat in the court to preempt him from bringing any unilateral injunction.

 
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Social Worker

Thank U Ramaniji

More so as it comes from a Technocrat!!

 
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Social Worker

Thank U Ramaniji

More so as it comes from a Technocrat!!

 
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Scientist/Engineer

I suggest that you get coveat even before your tenant gets wind of your intention to cut his power supply.

Lawyers have law on their noses and they cannot look beyond their noses. I am not handicapped that way.

 
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ha21@rediffmail.com Mumbai : 9820174108

CONTRARY to what Shri (Dr.) MPS RAMANI Ph.D.[Tech] has stated : 

 

1.  Electricity Supply is definitely a "essential service".

 

2.  Electricity Supply can be disconnected ONLY by a "competent authority" under the law, means authority deputed by the Electricity supply company, after due procedures.

 

3.  IRRESPECTIVE of ANYTHING, Any "NON-competent authority"  (including land-lord)  CANNOT disconnect electricity supply,  which will be criminally prosecutable.

 

4.  Lawyers, by professional default, SHOULD have the law on their noses and everywhere else, unlike non-law persons (especially biased tech's), who dole out illogical solutions, which is dangerous to all.

 

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Social Worker

Hemantji

I in fact disconnected the electricity after giving a notice ! The tenant lodged an FIR and I approached the High Court and the FIR was quashed by the High Court on the first hearing on the following Grounds furthered by me in the  High Court!

The Electricity may be an essential services but you cant expect some one else to to pay for what is essential to your living! In this case the tenant was having a sub meter and he was provided the Electricity by me on terms written in the lease deed which included a condition that he will take his own Electricity meter! When he did not do that and did not pay the bills also, I invoked that clause after giving a notice.When he did not comply I disconnected. In this case the Electricity Board isnt a competent authority for the tenant because he has not taken the Electricity from the Board

When I issued a notice he also approached the Civil Court also for a stay but before  the hearing as soon as I received the summons I disconnected the sub meter and the Court dismissed his Civil Petition for stay also terming it as infructuous . Surprisingly his Lawyer suggested filing a contempt of court against me which he did saying that I had disconnected the Electricity after receipt of Court Notice for stay! His contempt was also dismissed because I argued that comtempt is committed only when there is a COURT Order which has been voloted/disobeyed

 

Here there was none

 
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