We have acquired the freehold of a property with 6 leaseholders. There is no separate electricity supply for the communal areas. Instead the supply for communal lighting, sockets emergency lighting, smoke alarms etc. is all taken from and paid for by one or other of the leasehold properties. So we want to rewire the property installing an extra meter in the switch room through which all the power for the communal areas will be taken. The total electricity consumption for the property should not change and on that basis we have been told the existing 3 phase supply to the property will be adequate for the purpose.
How should we proceed?
Best answer by Transparent
Coincidentally I spent this morning chatting with the Area Network Manager for my Distribution Network Operator (DNO) over a long cup of coffee in the sunshine. Communal energy was one of the topics we addressed!
You will need a new Service Fuse to be provided by your DNO. The meter to attach to this must be provided by an Energy Supplier who is authorised to provide new supplies. OVO isn’t one of these, but their sister-company, SSE, can do this work.
Check the map on our topic about Distribution Network Operators and contact them first. They will already have a map showing the supply to your location and are generally very efficient.
And please fill out your Forum Profile page. That’s where I looked first to find out where you were!