Young mum stunned to find she’s been paying the electric for her whole building

Swinton mum Natasha Prince, 26, found out the shocking news after an electrician accidentally tripped a switch at her home earlier this month.

He discovered Ms Prince had been paying for the communal electricity in her entire apartment building, including the hallway lights and all the intercoms.

Ms Prince had changed her electricity supplier multiple times and had borrowed money from her family to help fund the high bill costs.

The housing company were notified of the issue immediately and say that work carried out earlier at the Swinton address was nor carried out by their contractors.

Natasha said: “Initially I ended up changing my electric supplier because I thought they were charging me too much”

“An electrician came out and said he tripped a switch and rang me saying he needed to gain access to the property to switch it on.”

“He came in and noticed these wires connected to my supply. He said I was paying for the communal areas, meaning the doors, lights and the intercoms.”

“They’re a 24-hour thing so they’re constantly on. I’ve gone a way for a week and left only the fridge freezer on, and because the flat is using the electricity for the rest of the building it will switch off.”

“When I topped up, the doors came back on. I could barely do any of my washing because of how much electric it was taking.”

“I’ve wasted so much food and come back to it flooding with water. I was constantly topping up every two days and it was draining and draining.

“Now they’ve taken the box out, I’ve topped up and I still have money left.”

ForHousing, who own the block of flats, says that regular checks of the electric meters are carried out.

They say that in February of this year the supply was connected correctly.

Natasha says she has received a £53.20 reimbursement.

ForHousing Director of neighbourhoods Martyn Hague said: “During a routine appointment at the New Street block one of our contractors discovered that work had been carried out to Ms Prince’s electricity meter and that it has been connected to the meter for the communal block.

“We raised this issue with Ms Prince immediately.

“This work was not carried out by ForHousing or one of our contractors. We carry out regular checks of the meters and in February this year the electricity supply was connected as it should be.

“We are currently working with Ms Prince to understand who carried out this work on her electricity meter. We will of course reimburse Ms Prince for any additional costs she has faced.”

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