Re: Application to dispense with the requirement to consult with residents under Section 20 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.
You may have recently been notified that we have made an application to HM Courts and Tribunals service. We have asked whether they will allow us to enter into a contract for our communal gas and electricity.
Please note that this will only affect the costs you pay in your service charge for areas or services that are shared. Your gas and electricity in your own home is your responsibility.
Our reason for doing this is due to the fact that it is extremely difficult to carry out any meaningful consultation with residents. The energy market is very volatile and prices can change by the hour – Section 20 consultation requires us to provide you with prices, however, those prices will change almost immediately.
What we aim to do instead, is utilise a broker who will regularly review the market and make sure we are still on the best value contract. We intend to do use a broker for two years and review.
We also want to ensure that we are included in the roll-out of smart meters. This will ensure our billing is much more accurate. It will also help us identify trends in usage and address issues quicker.
We want to assure you that the intention of this exercise is to obtain value for money in one of the most difficult services to manage.
If you would like any more information, please call 0344 736 0066 and ask to speak with Michael Blakeman.