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    • PlumbingTheDepths
    • By PlumbingTheDepths 6th Dec 17, 12:44 PM
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    Moved house - contacting supplier without getting tied in
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    • 6th Dec 17, 12:44 PM
    Moved house - contacting supplier without getting tied in 6th Dec 17 at 12:44 PM
    Hi,
    I bought a house about a week ago, and have been waiting to be contacted by the energy suppliers (I expected that they would be in touch pretty quickly).

    I haven't heard anything so had a read of the conveyancing paperwork, and it appears that the supplier for Electric and Gas is Sainsburys.

    I will be contacting them to give them the meter readings but I want to make sure that I don't get tied into a contract by default (I'm pretty sure that I will want a different supplier).

    Should I contact then first and give them the readings, or should pick a new supplier first and get them to do a switch?

    I'm pretty sure that I need to contact Sainsbury's first and, if so, is there anything that I need to do to make sure that I don't sign up to a contract by default?

    Any thoughts would be much appreciated.
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    • northwalesd
    • By northwalesd 6th Dec 17, 12:50 PM
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    • 6th Dec 17, 12:50 PM
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    • 6th Dec 17, 12:50 PM
    You need to contact Sainsbury's first. You won't be tied into a fixed contract (unless you agree that with them) and can start your switch any time after that.
    • Hengus
    • By Hengus 6th Dec 17, 2:18 PM
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    • 6th Dec 17, 2:18 PM
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    • 6th Dec 17, 2:18 PM
    Hi,
    I bought a house about a week ago, and have been waiting to be contacted by the energy suppliers (I expected that they would be in touch pretty quickly).

    I haven't heard anything so had a read of the conveyancing paperwork, and it appears that the supplier for Electric and Gas is Sainsburys.

    I will be contacting them to give them the meter readings but I want to make sure that I don't get tied into a contract by default (I'm pretty sure that I will want a different supplier).

    Should I contact then first and give them the readings, or should pick a new supplier first and get them to do a switch?

    I'm pretty sure that I need to contact Sainsbury's first and, if so, is there anything that I need to do to make sure that I don't sign up to a contract by default?

    Any thoughts would be much appreciated.
    Originally posted by PlumbingTheDepths
    You are on what is known as a Deemed Contract with the existing suppliers. You will be charged at the supplier's standard variable rate until such time as (a) you agree to a fixed tariff with that supplier or (b) you switch to another supplier and the actual transfer of supply goes through. This can take up to 5 weeks from application to switch. The moral here is: DO NOT PROCRASTINATE.
    • Anthorn
    • By Anthorn 6th Dec 17, 10:32 PM
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    • 6th Dec 17, 10:32 PM
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    • 6th Dec 17, 10:32 PM
    My experience of moving to a new property is with Scottish Power.

    I phoned them to tell them I was due to move. They cancelled my existing fixed tariff which would take effect in 3 weeks and I had to start a new contract at my new property which meant switching from the current supplier to the property which was British Gas. That was done as usual as a switch and my old account at my previous property showed as "closed" and my new account with a different fixed tariff at my new address was open.

    I suppose that at the point of moving, closing my old account and opening a new account I could have escaped the fixed tariff exit fees and opened an account with a different supplier my new address.
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