Disconnecting external meters
In some cases, the supplier will disconnect your supply from the mains outside your property – which makes reconnection extremely expensive. It has yet to be tested in law to what extent, if any, a realistic offer to clear arrears may be grounds for a magistrates’ court to refuse to issue a warrant of entry to disconnect, but magistrates would be expected to act reasonably and consider all the relevant circumstances.1Associated Provincial Picture Houses v Wednesbury Corporation  1 KB 223, per Lord Greene A warrant is not required for the disconnection of an external meter. Disconnection is lawful, providing the correct notices have been given (see here). Despite this, most suppliers will still obtain a warrant.