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Electricity Tampering

12th April 2017

3 minutes

Halton Housing Trust have become aware of an increase in electrical theft and damage to the electrical equipment in their properties. The practice of “tampering” with electrical systems could have potentially fatal consequences. Abstracting electrical equipment is also highly illegal, and has the potential to cause electrical equipment to overheat, potentially leading to a house fire which could have serious consequences for all the inhabitants within the home, and neighboring properties.


Illegally abstracting electrical equipment is a criminal offence which could lead to a prosecution by the Electrical Supplier. This practice is also a serious breach of the Trust’s Tenancy Agreement terms. If found guilty of electrical abstraction, the Trust can obtain a possession order to evict the guilty party from their Halton Housing Trust home. The Trust has a statutory duty to keep a record of, and report any instances of illegal abstraction of electricity in its properties to both the Electrical Supplier and the Police.


Halton Housing Trust has a duty to provide and maintain safe properties for all customers. Likewise, our customers have a responsibility to keep their homes safe, which this extract from a tenancy agreement highlights:


‘You are responsible for the behaviour of every person (including children and lodgers) that lives in or visits (whether invited or not) your home. You are responsible for their behaviour in your home, in shared areas and in the locality of your home. In particular, you must prevent them from acting in any of the ways or doing any of the things described in sections 3.11 to 3.19. In those sections, where it says “you”, this means you and every person that lives in or visits your home’ (3.100).

It is important for your safety, and the safety of those around you that you make yourself aware of your responsibility when it comes to maintaining your home. A tenant of a Halton Housing Trust home is solely responsible for keeping their home in a safe condition, and free from hazards. A Halton Housing Trust customer must not do, or allow any act which may endanger their home, or any neighbouring property. If customers share an entrance to a property, they must not leave main doors unlocked or give keys to non-residents, and they must only permit entry to their own visitors, and nobody else under any circumstances.


If you find evidence of illegal electrical extraction or damage to electrical equipment phone: 0303 333 0101


Or, if you are a Trust customer you can report any suspicious behavior via the Trust’s customer app.

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