Consultation on the renewal of the contract for the supply of electricity and gas

Are you a leaseholder of Wandsworth Council that benefits from lighting provided in the communal areas of your block and/or estate or heating provided by a communal boiler system?

If you are, it is likely that you pay towards the cost of the electricity that is used to power these lights in your routine annual service charge or pay a weekly/monthly charge for the heating and hot water by the communal boiler.

Wandsworth Council has applied to the First Tier Tribunal Property Chamber (Residential Property) for permission to dispense with the consultation requirements of S20 Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 concerning the renewal of the procurement contract for the supply of gas fuel to power these boilers and for the electricity that power these communal facilities.

The Tribunal has previously granted the council dispensation and the council entered into a framework agreement for the supply of gas and electricity. The current framework term for both gas and electricity flexible arrangements end on 30 September 2016 and they must be renewed for the period October 2016 to September 2020.

To enter into a contract for that period of time the regulations require that you are served with two consultation notices, allowing a 30 day consultation period on both notices. Unfortunately, if the council had to comply with this procedure, the council would not be able to enter into a contract to purchase as the price of gas and electricity is available for a very limited period of time. If the council had to give you 30 days the price would be continually changing, and the prices given to you during the consultation would quickly become out of date.

Therefore, the council has applied to the First Tier Tribunal Property Chamber (Residential Property) for permission to dispense with the consultation requirements for the procurement of these contracts only.

Supporting documents

All leaseholders are invited to view the supplementary directions, directions, application, details of the council's case for dispensation and exhibit IA1 witness statement.

Meetings

A series of 'drop-in' meetings have been arranged for you to find out about the application and will be held on the following dates and times:

Battersea Library Foyer, 265 Lavender Hill, SW11 1JB

  • Tuesday, 28 June 2016: 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday, 5 July 2016: 4pm to 7pm

Wandsworth Town Library, 11 Garratt Lane, SW18 4AQ

  • Friday, 24 June 2016: 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4pm
  • Thursday, 30 June 2016: 4pm to 7pm

As a leaseholder you are invited to write to the First Tier Tribunal Property Chamber by 8 July 2016, using the form attached to the directions, stating whether or not you agree with the application.

First Tier Tribunal Property Chamber (Residential Property)
10 Alfred Place
London
WC1E 7LR

A copy must also be sent to the council's representative in this matter (Ref:MR/102172/203).

Sharpe Pritchard Solicitors
Elizabeth House
4-7 Fulwood Place
London
WC1V 6HG

Determination

The Tribunal will determine this application during the seven days commencing 25 July 2016.

More information

For further information contact:

Mrs E Parrette
Leasehold Services Manager
HCS Department
The Town Hall
Wandsworth High Street
London SW18 2PU

Telephone: 020 8871 8466
Email: eparrette@wandsworth.gov.uk