The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said new tenants should not be forced to pay outstanding electricity bills of landlords.
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Nathan Shatti, NERC Commissioner, Finance and Management Services, said this in live session on ‘meters and metering’ on Tuesday.
He explained that there is an existing court judgment against the imposition of such bills on new tenants.
Shatti also said new tenants who procure meters with their own money will be refunded through a special mechanism by the commission.
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“Landlord’s outstanding electricity bills cannot be enforced on a tenant. A judge recently ruled that the bills of a previous tenant cannot be enforced on a new customer. Send us details if you are in such a situation.
“An order was issued on capping in February. The capping order is still in force. DisCos should take note. The Commission is doing everything to enforce compliance. We will do even more,” he said.
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The NERC official also warned DISCOs against collecting money for meters without supplying them.
“If you have paid for a meter and you have not received it, please note that it is wrong. It is unacceptable behaviour.
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“The intention of the regulation is that payment should not be made if meters are not available. Where you have, write to the Commission with your details,” he added.