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I rent commercial premises from a landlord who supplies me with electricity and charges me three times what he pays for it. I gather he’s legally entitled to do this, but the meter is on the roof and is only accessible by using scaffolding: am I legally entitled to have him put the meter in a place where I can read it?

Your landlord can only charge you for electricity if there’s an agreement in your lease that says he can. It’s quite unusual and your solicitor should have pointed it out to you before you signed. You should probably discuss the siting of the meter with the supplier. You could drag your feet over payment on the basis that the figures have to be agreed ­– subject to the terms of your lease – which may encourage your landlord to site the meter more conveniently.

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