The Benefits of Claiming for Low Voltage Apparatus on Your Property
Many homeowners and landowners across the UK will have electrical distribution equipment within or oversailing their property boundary. This equipment is owned by a Distribution Network Operator (DNO), part of the UK power infrastructure, and allows for electricity to be delivered to residential and commercial properties.
However, with the location of electrical distribution equipment being within a homeowner’s or landowner’s property boundary, the property can be affected by a loss in value.
That is why, under current legislation, homeowners and landowners should have a written agreement with the DNO. This agreement grants permission for the DNO to keep their equipment in place in return for a compensation payment awarded to the homeowner or landowner. For low voltage equipment, the most common type of agreement is referred to as a ‘wayleave agreement’.
Some of the other benefits of having a wayleave agreement in place for low voltage equipment on your property are that it encapsulates your rights as follows:
The Distribution Network Operators (DNO) will be unable to add further equipment to the property without prior consent
A wayleave agreement is only for the existing equipment currently in situ. This means that the DNO will be unable to add further equipment to the property without prior consent from the homeowner or landowner.
The DNO will be unable to visit the property without prior notice
If there is a wayleave agreement in place, the DNO must give reasonable prior notice before visiting the property to inspect their equipment.
The homeowner is protected against any damages to the property caused by the DNO accessing equipment
The DNO will often have to inspect and maintain the low voltage equipment. With a wayleave agreement in place, the homeowner or landowner is protected against any damages to the property caused by the DNO accessing the equipment. In the event of damage occurring, the DNO would have to repair the damage to the equivalent standard or pay further compensation.
The agreement is with the homeowner and not the property itself
With a wayleave, the agreement is with the property owner and not the property itself, meaning the agreement is not binding on any future owners. If the property owner sells the property, the wayleave agreement simply terminates. The seller wouldn’t have to pay any money back on any outstanding time left on the agreement and the new homeowner or landowner can start their own wayleave agreement.
How can we help?
If you have read this blog and have similarities with electrical equipment being within your property boundary, you might be entitled to claim compensation. To find out, complete our eligibility check here. A member of our dedicated team will contact you to discuss your situation in more detail.
Since Thomson Broadbent was established in 1996, we have successfully secured compensation for 90,000 homeowners in relation to land compensation claims across the UK – and we could help you too.
Want to know more?
Want to find out more about claiming for low voltage compensation on your property? Please take a look at our low voltage claims page here. Alternatively, please feel free to contact a member of our dedicated team by emailing email@example.com or calling 01536 264101.