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Post: #1   PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:08 pm Reply with quote
billibob
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On our apartment complex we have gas heating & hot water supplied from 4 gas tanks located in the communal car park area. These 4 tanks supply apx 2 dozen apartments. The apartments have individual gas meters which are housed in a communal area.

My problem is that for the last few years we have not been getting any regular gas bills as the organiser of the supply keeps saying 'siga siga'. I really dont want to suddenly receive a massive 3 year bill so I asked our Management Committee if they could sort this out. However, the Committee's view is that as we have individual bills, it is not a communal matter and therefore have no responsibility.

Is the Committee correct?
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Post: #2   PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:03 am Reply with quote
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Yes, its just like all your other utility bills.
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Post: #3   PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:48 am Reply with quote
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As you have individual bills, it's the gas users' responsibility to pay for the gas - and you need to put pressure on the supplier to issue bills.

I have gas central heating and I'm charged on the amount of gas supplied (there's a meter on the tanker.) In your case it may be that you'll need to charge each apartment based on their meter readings.

You also need to consider insurance - gas escape and explosion.

I have not come across this situation before - it's a complex issue. It could be that the MC is responsible for the tanks and pipework, while individuals have to pay for gas usage - the same as water..

It's probably worth spending a bit of money to get a legal opinion on the matter.

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Post: #4   PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:52 pm Reply with quote
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Thanks Nigel. It is a bit complicated. Works well usually except when the gas tanks are empty and we all have no hot water or heating, but that is rare thank goodness.
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