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    • Mrs_Rachel_M
    • By Mrs_Rachel_M 19th Mar 17, 11:09 AM
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    Pre-payment meters
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    • 19th Mar 17, 11:09 AM
    Pre-payment meters 19th Mar 17 at 11:09 AM
    Hi, I am looking into moving into a rented house but it has pre-payment meters for the gas and electric. Silly question, but will this affect my credit rating or should I ask for these to get switched back?
    TIA
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    • anselld
    • By anselld 19th Mar 17, 11:12 AM
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    No effect on credit rating, however it may prove more expensive as you will be restricted on the tariffs you can choose from.
    • theartfullodger
    • By theartfullodger 19th Mar 17, 12:06 PM
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    Check that when you move in & are at least initially on pre-payment you are not being charged for previous occupants debt (eg at 10/week).
    • Cakeguts
    • By Cakeguts 19th Mar 17, 3:50 PM
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    Ask the landlord to get the meters changed. We had to do this with one of our properties recently. The previous owner occupier had prepayment meters. Make sure that the landlord knows that you intend to change the meters.
    • deannatrois
    • By deannatrois 19th Mar 17, 4:10 PM
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    I have had this several times and just change them to credit meters. LL's can think that they can tell you you can't do this, but you can. Unfortunately I can't now remember the Act that means the person that is using the meter is entitled to change suppliers and meter type, even if the LL says no.

    If moving into a property with a prepayment meter you phone the supplier and let them know you are a new customer, and they reset the meter so any accrued debts payments, if they exist, are wiped from the meter. Then you ask them to supply a credit meter. Quite often I have changed supplier first, which delays things a bit (as they have to give notice that they are taking the supply over to the previous supplier)

    Quick search found this from OFGEM http://www.goenergyshopping.co.uk/switching-suppliers/tenants-rights
    Last edited by deannatrois; 19-03-2017 at 4:20 PM.
    • sparky130a
    • By sparky130a 19th Mar 17, 4:24 PM
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    Only had them when i was a student. Expensive horrible things that are an absolute pain.
    • Mrs_Rachel_M
    • By Mrs_Rachel_M 19th Mar 17, 4:30 PM
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    • 19th Mar 17, 4:30 PM
    Thanks all, I will make sure I take all of the above advice!!
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