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    • aneary
    • By aneary 16th Jul 17, 7:46 PM
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    Cost of installing a PP meter
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    • 16th Jul 17, 7:46 PM
    Cost of installing a PP meter 16th Jul 17 at 7:46 PM
    I've just started renting a property with a prepayment meter I've found out that British Gas will swap it over to a normal meter for free.

    I will ask my LL if they will let me do that but as a sweetener I was going to offer them the money to change it back after I leave but I can't find out this cost does anyone have an idea?
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    • trickytree1963
    • By trickytree1963 16th Jul 17, 10:33 PM
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    • 16th Jul 17, 10:33 PM
    Depends on the Supplier but around £75 plus VAT is what my supplier charges. If they instal a Smart Credit meter, changing it back to PAYG will cost nothing.
    • footyguy
    • By footyguy 17th Jul 17, 10:28 AM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 10:28 AM
    I've just started renting a property with a prepayment meter I've found out that British Gas will swap it over to a normal meter for free.

    I will ask my LL if they will let me do that but as a sweetener I was going to offer them the money to change it back after I leave but I can't find out this cost does anyone have an idea?
    Originally posted by aneary
    I believe in most cases BG do not charge to install a PPM.
    If you change supplier, you will have to make enquiries of that supplier as to their policy.

    However, if the landlord gives you permission to change the meter, then you should be able to leave the property with a credit meter. (and expect no penalty applied)

    If permission is denied, as long as you ensure the PPM is re-installed prior to the end of your tenancy, I don't foresee any issues.
    • aneary
    • By aneary 17th Jul 17, 10:34 AM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 10:34 AM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 10:34 AM
    Both changes are free so I'm going to ask the LL today.

    Although I know legally I can change them without permission there is a 6 months break clause I don't want that happening as I will end up with another few hundred pounds in letting fees.
    • NineDeuce
    • By NineDeuce 17th Jul 17, 1:53 PM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 1:53 PM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 1:53 PM
    The landlord shouldnt have a say in this. They are your bills and changing meter does no damage to the property.
    • Biscuit Tin
    • By Biscuit Tin 18th Jul 17, 9:52 AM
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    • 18th Jul 17, 9:52 AM
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    • 18th Jul 17, 9:52 AM
    The landlord shouldnt have a say in this. They are your bills and changing meter does no damage to the property.
    Originally posted by NineDeuce
    Renting? You'll need your landlord's permission to switch meter

    If you want to change from a prepay to a credit meter, then it's best to get written permission from your landlord first.


    This is because it could be seen as changing the property from its original condition, unless you arrange to change the meter back at the end of the tenancy. The supplier may charge to do this so check first.
    http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/utilities/switch-prepaid-gas-electricity
    • aneary
    • By aneary 18th Jul 17, 1:31 PM
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    • 18th Jul 17, 1:31 PM
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    • 18th Jul 17, 1:31 PM
    The LL has agreed via email as long as I change it back prior to leaving which I have no issue doing.

    BG has confirmed there isn't a charge to change it to a credit meter (I need to pass a credit check) and there isn't a charge to change it back.

    Although BG isn't the cheapest supplier a credit meter is cheaper and as they don't charge for the changes I will go onto their cheapest plan.
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