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Gas and Electricity Suppliers
An official of a gas or electricity company may enter your home if :
- You agree to let the official enter.
- A magistrate has given the official a warrant authorising the official to enter.
- There is an emergency and the official has reason to believe that there is danger to life or property .
- Inspect, substitute, re-install a meter (including a pre-payment meter).
- Add, alter or repair supply lines or pipes and other fittings.
- Remove from a pre-payment meter money or tokens belonging to the supplier.
- Inspect any other fittings.
- Disconnect the supply or remove a meter or other fittings in certain circumstances.
- You have been given at least twenty-four hours' notice (except in certain circumstances where at least 2 or 5 days or up to a week may be required ); and
- He or she has asked to be admitted and you have refused; or
- The premises are unoccupied.
It is a criminal offence intentionally to obstruct a person who has a warrant or who asks to be admitted in an emergency ; the maximum penalty is a fine on level 3 (currently £1000). It is not an offence to refuse to let the official enter if there is no emergency and the official does not have a warrant.
The law governing those powers of entry is to be found in
- the Rights of Entry (Gas and Electricity Boards) Act 1954;
- Schedule 2B of the Gas Act 1986 (inserted by the Gas Act 1995) which sets out the “Gas Code”)
- Schedule 6 of the Electricity Act 1989, which sets out the “Electricity Code”)