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More Vancouver renters dinged by Hydro 0

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Renters in another Vancouver building say they too are being charged opt-out fees by BC Hydro because their building manager won’t allow the power authority to install smart meters.

On Monday, 24 hours reported renters in a building in the West End were being billed failed installation fees even though it is their landlord who won’t allow smart meter.

It turns out a building with the same manager on Birch Street near Granville Street is going through the same issues with BC Hydro billing them and telling them they owe the money.

Chrystal Tagmann said she was charged the fee even though she wasn’t a resident in her building when BC Hydro first asked if a smart meter could be installed.

“I feel a bit offended that they’re using the fines as a way to kind force people into accepting them,” Tagmann said.

But building manager Miro Jackanin said as far as he’s concerned, he’s just doing his job in the best interests of his tenants.

Jackanin told 24 hours he isn’t opposed to the meters and BC Hydro can put them in if they meet four conditions and pose no risk to customers via radio waves or other hazards.

“Installation must be done only by BC Hydro employees,” Jackanin said, objecting to sub-contractors. “I don’t want any guy from the street (installing them).”

He also said he wants to see dated and signed copies of the work orders, signatures of consent from account holders, and proof anything installed is CSA approved.

Earlier this week, BC Hydro said it would review each situation to ensure fees were being charged fairly and would take measures to protect people’s credit ratings.

The power authority said the $65 fee is to recover the expense of sending a person to install a meter when they aren’t able to do so.  

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