From a FaceBook member living in Balcombe, West Sussex, UK
Quoted: I wrote to my energy supplier two years ago and told them that terms of my accepting a smart meter would be ~
1. A £5000 ‘Site access fee.
2. They would need to buy a ‘smart meter installation permit from the landowner (me), this would be £15,000.
3. They would need to sign a ‘ground rent’ agreement for the land the meter took up, this would be £12,000 per annum.
4. They would agree to my appointed engineer carrying out a 6 monthly safety check at £4,500 per inspection.
5. Any radiation detected in any amount from the meter would mean the instant removal of the meter and installation of my own mechanical meter at a cost to them of £36,000.
6. They agreed to supply me with an insurance indemnity policy showing me that they had insured my property for £3 million pounds and agreed to cover any and all legal and relocation costs without equivocation.
7. I wanted the full names and home addresses of the fitters and to be supplied copies of their personal liability insurance before allowing them access to my property.
8. I made it clear that in Any claim, the board of the supplier would be personally liable for my losses jointly and severally with the company.
9. Any attempt by them to fit a smart meter without my express written consent would mean they tacitly accepted all of the above.
Two weeks later I got a letter saying that my letter was on file and that they wouldn’t be fitting a smart meter to my property … ever.
Next!!!! Under the common law you are entitled to make any charge for access to your private property that you see fit, it’s only enforceable in law if you put them on notice prior, invoicing after the event won’t work because the 4 cornerstones of contract law will not have been met (offer, acceptance, performance, consideration).
My notice to them stated my offer to contract, if they had performed after that then by the terms of my notice they would been tacitly and contractually bound to the consideration (payment of my fees) as their performance would be acceptance.
Put simply, they can do nothing without your consent, your property is private and you set out your terms of acceptance, the the board members to tacit liability and lay out your fees, they will run a mile.