You had mentioned that you had a box in your apartment, and that's a good sign. But you could still have lines coming out of that box going to someone else's unit. The only way to know for sure is to have a good electrician trace all the lines coming out of your box. You would want to do that prior to spending any money on modifications.
I don't have their names, but there are one or two good gringo electricians on the North Coast.
Honestly though, I think you'll have other problems with this landlord if you stay.
No. My landlord hooked up his son's apartment downstairs to his brother's house next door and disconnected mine. I signed a contract today with Edeeste so I will get my own meter within 5 days.
More words of caution:
Since the place you live is a Duplex, there is still the possibility that some of the wiring connections in your half of the duplex (After the breakers) are connected to circuits in the other half of the duplex.
Some will advise that you turn off all your breakers and see if the meter still runs. Not so simple a test, that only works if they are connected between your meter and your breaker panel. Because it's a duplex, parts of each half could still be connected after the breaker panel.
I just installed a DoorPhone Camera in my second house, I thought it would be simple to power it off the 24/7 inverter circuit that feeds the door bell out front at the gate. The wire feeding that circuit goes to 7 other wires, none of which goes straight back to the breaker panel.
Wait until night when the "son" has his lights on in the house, then have someone shut off all your beakers and watch to see if any of his lights/TV etc goes off. I would not trust your landlord.
You're in the D.R., all is possible, leave no stone unturned.
I get into trouble a lot for thinking that way.
My feeling is that the "Landlord" wants to "assure" you know that the electric for the half of the duplex being used by his "son" is totally separate from your electric. That way you will not question your electric bill even if some of his son's electric may still be paid for by you.
Why else would he all of a sudden decide that his son will now be "connected" next door when he has a "good separate" meter already when Edeeste connects your new meter?
I'm betting someone is being ripped off, either you, Edeeste or both.
I would say it is not legal to tamper with an electric line or property that you don't own. The power company does not look favorably upon playing with their wires. They may come along and cut the wire down. I would not do this without their approval. You have a better chance of having them put in a separate meter
Omg, that is a good idea. Wish I would have thought of that last night while I was sitting here in the dark contemplating life, lol.