MSE News: Do you rent your home? You can switch energy supplier and save

"If you live in rented accommodation and pay energy bills, you should know you can switch suppliers just like homeowners..."
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Do you rent your home? You can switch energy supplier and save

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  • edited 12 September 2013 at 11:03AM
    PerelandraPerelandra Forumite
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    edited 12 September 2013 at 11:03AM

    Ofgem also gives tips for tenants, which include:
    • Making sure you look out for any clauses in your tenancy agreement relating to energy suppliers.
    If the tenant is responsible for paying the bill, then the tenant is allowed to switch supplier- even if the contract says otherwise. Any restrictive clauses are considered to be unenforceable.

    Of course the tenant will need to weigh up the benefits of switching supplier versus potential impact on the relationship with the landlord if a restrictive clause is in the contract, but this is is really the only reason to check your tenancy agreement.

    Here's a link to the Ofgem statement:

    https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/press-releases/tenants-energy-rights-explained
  • WywthWywth Forumite
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    Clauses in the TA restricting the tenant on the choice of energy supplier(s) (where they are responsible for paying the supplier) are considered potentially unfair according to the OFT.
  • Percy1983Percy1983 Forumite
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    Why would a landlord care if there not paying the bill?
    Have my first business premises (+4th business) 01/11/2017
    Quit day job to run 3 businesses 08/02/2017
    Started third business 25/06/2016
    Son born 13/09/2015
    Started a second business 03/08/2013
    Officially the owner of my own business since 13/01/2012
  • wifiladiwifiladi Forumite
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    Part of the Furniture Combo Breaker
    Because they might be utility warehouse 'agents' so they make money off it or have been given an incentive by a supplier!
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