Landlord's Meter Information

What if a landlord has a service query on their meter?

Metro Prepaid’s help desk is available 24 hours a day to assist landlords with their meter queries on 020 3020 1144

What if a landlord needs technical support on their meter?

Metro Prepaid’s help desk is available 24 hours a day to offer technical support to landlords with on 020 3020 1144

What is the difference between the landlord meter and an electric sub meter?

A landlord’s electric meter from the electricity company records the total utility consumption of the whole property. The sub meter only records a portion of the consumption for a specific area i.e. room, apartment, flat etc. 

Submetering involves the installation of Metro Prepaid electric sub meters that can measure energy usage after it passes through the landlord meter. Submetering offers the ability to monitor energy usage for individual tenants to account for their actual energy usage. The sub meter relies on the main supply landlord meter for electricity, if the main supply is disconnected or out of credit, the sub meter will not work.

What are the advantages of an electric sub meter for landlords?

  • Easy control of bills
  • Reduced administration and risk
  • Cheaper meters and faster installation
  • Option to set your tariff so that tenants pay the Metro Prepaid 10% (Metro Code value) service fee
  • Improved cash flow, water used through the meter paid back to owner
  • Consumption reporting available
  • Metro Prepaid sub meters do not replace the landlord’s meter but make the energy distribution convenient in your property.

Can my tenants tamper with this sub meter?

The sub meter has been designed to be resistant to tampering but tenants may devise ways to by-pass the sub-meter.

Landlords should manage their risk by monitoring usage against amounts collected and conduct site inspections where required.

Note on tampering in general:

  • tampering typically involves the bridging of the live-in and live out wires
  • ALL meters (including older-style card & kWh credit meters) are potentially vulnerable to this practice
  • the incidence of tampering is generally low
  • Landlords should mitigate temper risk by active  monitoring 

Can landlords set their own tariff for the meter?

The landlord must set the tariff to reflect what he pays to the energy provider on the property. Many landlords choose to average any standing charges from their supplier into the tariff - this makes it easier for tenants to manage and budget.

The Electricity Act of 1989 and amendments and other legislation is enforced by the regulator (EEMA) via OFGEM state that No one should charge more for electricity than regulations allow.

Metro Prepaid recommends that Landlords of residential properties charge their tenants only the tariff charged to them by the Energy Provider and cover the cost of service fees in the rent.

Landlords who are unsure of their position under the regulations should request independent legal advice.

Can landlords block their tenant’s sub meter?

Metro Prepaid will only block meters that are connected illegally e.g. by-passing the council meter.

What assurance is there that the owner will get their money?

Metro Prepaid is a leading prepaid service provider and has built a reputation for integrity and reliability. Metro Prepaid pays the landlord during the 1st week of every month (for the preceding month's collection) as agreed in the Terms of Service

Does Metro Prepaid pay my account with the energy provider?

Metro Prepaid does not pay the energy provider bill. We only collect the payments from the tenants for their usage and pay this money to the landlord so that they pay their account with the energy supplier.

What happens to the sub meter if I sell my property?

As fixture the sub meter will transfer to the new landlord unless the parties agree otherwise. The new landlord must contact our helpdesk on 020 3020 1144 immediately after transfer to arrange the transfer of the prepaid sub-meter to their name.

What is the Service Fee?

The Service fee consists of an Admin Fee (payable to Metro Prepaid) and a Merchant Fee (payable to the Merchant)

What is an administration fee and who pays for it?

The administration fee is Metro Prepaid’s fee, for the service of collecting electricity payments from tenants on behalf of landlords.

It is often paid by the landlord, but may also be paid by the Tenant in some cases.

Who does the administration fee cover?

Metro prepaid services and costs including the generating of Metro Codes, bank charges, administration and collection fees.

Who pays the administration fee?

Depending on the landlord’s instructions, the fee can either be deducted from the amount recovered for the landlord or it can be deducted from the Metro Code purchased by the tenant.
Please read the terms and conditions, for more information on relevant regulation.

What is a merchant fee?

This is a collection service fee, when you buy Metro Codes in stores.

What should I do if my Metro Prepaid sub meter is stolen?

If your Metro Prepaid sub meter is stolen please report the theft to the police and inform our help desk of the meter number so that we can block the meter.
The stolen sub meter will not be able to be used, while blocked.

My tenant has moved out and I paid him back for the credit on his sub-meter. Can I zero the credit on the sub meter before the new tenant moves in?

Yes, please contact the Metro Prepaid help desk and ask to zero the credit quoting your meter number.

What do I need to do if I want to install a Metro Prepaid sub meter?

A Landlord can install a sub meter on their private property without any approval, the sub meter must be installed correctly according to local regulations.

The landlord's electrician will be able to install the sub meter without running new cables to the  property and using much of the current electric infrastructure. If the landlord’s property already has each section on it’s own electric circuit then installation of the sub meters is quite simple. 

Ask a trusted local electrician to install the sub meter for you, sub meters are available from electricity wholesalers across the UK. Call us on 020 3120 1144 for registration and to activate the meter.

How do I explain Metro Prepaid to my tenants?

Metro Prepaid means your tenant can control and measure their own electricity consumption simply. They can pay online or with a card on Metroprepaid.co.uk or with cash at any Paypoint outlet including most major supermarkets or Barclays deposit machines.Direct your tenants to the Metro Prepaid About Us page and the Tenant FAQs

What is the warranty for the landlord on the sub meters?

 

There is a one-year warranty for the landlord on the sub meter which starts on the date of first registration with the Metro Prepaid Help Desk. Removing factory seals to open the meter and access its inner workings render the warranty invalid. The seals on the clear plastic terminal cover may be removed and replaced by an electrician authorised by the property owner when fitting or checking a sub meter.

 

Where are Metro Prepaid's offices?

Metro Prepaid’s UK distribution office, is located in Tims Boat Yard on the river Thames, in London. Our call centre operates 24x7x365 servicing landlords with meter queries across the UK.  

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