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jyanchitis

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I was cutting the lawn the other day and I noticed the meter for my upper unit was missing it's glass meter. After looking at it closer, I saw that it had been locked, glass on the ground, and 2 door hinges inserted where the fuses/meter is supposed to be. Should I call the utility company? Or wait till they come out to read it? They have been problem tenants and will most likely evict them after I get the lower refurbished and rented. I'm afraid if I call, they'll know it was me and might cause trouble. These people are real low lifes (Detroit) and were there when I inherited the house from my father when he passed away.
rkkeller

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I would call ASAP.  This is a fire hazard and your rental could be in jeopardy.

OHlandlord

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Call immediately!!!  Anonymously report electricity theft and fire hazard.  Get it stopped now!  Like today.  The company should remove their meter and cut them off for theft.  Then report to health dept or building inspector that have no electric and they can't live like that.  They will be given orders to vacate.

BTW-this electric they are stealing will be on your bill!

Ellenluvspekes

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I evicted a tenant. After the residence was vacant the electrician discovered some of the electricity was being stolen. We took pictures and the electrician wrote out a description. I called to notify the electric company. The device was removed. 
My question is, if I did not know of this illegal activity in my rental, will I be charged for the electricity stolen? I am very worried about this.[frown]

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I doubt it.  You and the electric company are victims in this.  They should go after the tenant for the cost of the electricity, removal of the device, etc.
Ellenluvspekes

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I recently had a tenant evicted. After he was gone the electrician noticed the illegal device. We took pictures and kept all the equipment when the proper new equipment was placed. I called the electric company and told them about the device. They were happy it was reported and I was assured I will not be charged for the electricity stolen. They said they will go after the former tenant for the charges. Also, they encouraged me to keep all pictures and equipment as evidence. Do not hesitate to call!!!
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To be honest i never been heard this kind of news for tenant's and apartments ,cause in Finland where i live the apartment at http://www.vivalkv.fi/ is well organize and have an good agreement not only for this kind of matter but also for water bills ,pets etc..
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