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    • Daniel182
    • By Daniel182 18th May 17, 3:42 PM
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    Changing Energy Suppliers
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    • 18th May 17, 3:42 PM
    Changing Energy Suppliers 18th May 17 at 3:42 PM
    Hello

    I have an elderly friend that lives in sheltered housing. When my friend first moved in she just went along with all other residents, who are with British Gas.

    She never singed any contract etc, just told BG that she had moved in gave her name room number and that's it.

    She now wants to change suppliers. Even though nothing was signed and not been with them a full year, will she have to pay a leaving fee?

    Thanks
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    • By warwickbears 18th May 17, 3:58 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 3:58 PM
    Hi Daniel


    I guess it depends on the contract i.e. if it's a standard variable rate tariff, I suspect there's no exit fee; if it's a fixed rate, and there is an exit fee, it could be deemed your friend has accepted the terms of that contract by using the energy supplied.
    • ASavvyBuyer
    • By ASavvyBuyer 18th May 17, 5:02 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 5:02 PM
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    • 18th May 17, 5:02 PM
    Hi
    It is likely that British Gas would have put her on their most expensive variable tariff (as deeemed supplier) if she did not ask to switch to a fixed tariff. If so, they can not charge an exit fee if it is the deemed tariff.
    By switching, to a fixed tariff, she is likely to make a substantial saving, even if she stays with British Gas, but would probably save even more by switching to another supplier.
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    • 19th May 17, 10:01 AM
    'Room number': are all the rooms individually metered? If so she can switch. If not, she can't. There could also be a private sub-meter system?
    If no tariff was requested, she will be on SVT-the most expensive.
    No signature is necessary, by using the service she has formed a contract.
    The first port of call here should be the management company.
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    • footyguy
    • By footyguy 19th May 17, 11:10 AM
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    • 19th May 17, 11:10 AM
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    • 19th May 17, 11:10 AM
    Hello

    I have an elderly friend that lives in sheltered housing. When my friend first moved in she just went along with all other residents, who are with British Gas.

    She never singed any contract etc, just told BG that she had moved in gave her name room number and that's it.

    She now wants to change suppliers. Even though nothing was signed and not been with them a full year, will she have to pay a leaving fee?

    Thanks
    Originally posted by Daniel182
    If she refers to her bill from BG, section 5 will state what her current tariff is and whether or not an exit fee applies

    • Daniel182
    • By Daniel182 19th May 17, 3:57 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 3:57 PM
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    • 19th May 17, 3:57 PM
    Thank you for all the replies.

    I not sure which tariff it would be. I take it, it's just the standard tariff option. The meter's are individual and not just one between all.

    Thanks again
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