Time is running out for a Kelowna man who is in a standoff with FortisBC Over Smart Meter

Kelowna Tenant and Smart Meters

kelownaAug2015

By Kelly Hayes

August 25, 2015  6pm
Video Journalist  Global News

By Kelly Hayes

August 25, 2015  6pm
Video Journalist  Global News

Time is running out for a Kelowna man who is in a standoff with FortisBC. The man refuses to have a smart meter installed in his rental home. He says he wants to keep his old analog meter but FortisBC says that’s not an option. Kelly Hayes has the story.

“And then finally they sent me the disconnection notice.”
Jamie Dale Walraven is one of a few hundred Kelown residents
holding out from FortisBC from installing a smart meter.

“Health Concerns, Privacy Issues” Fortis and Walraven have been going back and forth with letter but Walraven has run out of time. Fortis says if he doesn’t get a smart meter, they’re going to turn off the power.

“They said the reason they are cutting off my power, is that the meter is obstructed.
Its not obstructed, I don’t have a fence, I don’t have a dog, theres no lock on the meter, all I have is this sign”
Complicating matter, Walraven doesn’t even own the home, he rents.
Walraven might be fighting a loosing battle, because he doesn’t own this place, the decision whether or not a smart meter goes into the home is really up to the landlord, and if Walraven doesn’t agree with that decision, he could end up being evicted.
Russ Godfrey of Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre (Trac) say that the landlord has the lawful right to install a smart meter. The tenant has not got a lot of options if they don’t want it because the landlord can insist. Tenants can be evicted for getting in the way of the safety and rights of the landlord. Then the tenant would have to dispute that notice, and if they loose they are evicted.
“Disconnection is a last resort” says FortisBC.
Fortis says the renter could accept a smart meter – or pay Fortis an extra monthly fee for a new meter with no transmitter.
There is no option to keep the old e meter
“Might have to move. But where will I go? There are smart meters everywhere
Meanwhile the meter is running. If the meter doesn’t relent, his power could be cut off as soon as tomorrow.
Kelly Hayes Reporting, Global News, Kelowna

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