Pre-pay meter

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Energy
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Energy
I inherited a pre-pay meter on a property I rent from a housing association. I contacted e-on who said it would change it to a normal meter at a cost of £50 to me, as long as my credit score is good (which it isn't). It seems unfair that I have to pay for something that I didn't want in the first place. I have had the meter now for 3 years, and it costs me a fortune. Any ideas grateful! :mad:
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  • BG and edf will change PPM's to credit meters free of charge. However, they will probably perform a credit check.
  • Former_E.ON_Company_Representative:_MalcFormer_E.ON_Company_Representative:_Malc Organisation Representatives - Private Messages may not be monitored
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    Hi Simba Algorfa

    I'm afraid, you were given some wrong information when you spoke to us. Sorry about that.

    We don't currently charge to go from a prepayment to a credit meter. These requests, though, are subject to an external credit check.

    Also, any debt on the meter would need to be cleared before an appointment could be made.

    At the moment, the unit prices for our prepayment customers are lower than those for customers with credit meters. Both the Standing Charge and the price per kWh are lower for prepayment.

    However, prepayment customers can't take advantage of the extra discount available to customers with credit meters.

    Sorry again for the duff info but hope this helps.

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    I inherited a pre-pay meter on a property I rent from a housing association. I contacted e-on who said it would change it to a normal meter at a cost of £50 to me, as long as my credit score is good (which it isn't). It seems unfair that I have to pay for something that I didn't want in the first place. I have had the meter now for 3 years, and it costs me a fortune. Any ideas grateful! :mad:
    Whats the problem?

    If your credit score is not good, why should you be trusted with a credit meter?

    Why are you complaining about a situation that you got yourself into?
  • Well Istar337 you don't know the circumstances of poor credit score, so your comment is not valid I am afraid.

    If I can manage to keep a pre-pay meter going for 3 years, pay rent, and other bills - then surely I can be trusted with a credit meter.
  • Well Istar337 you don't know the circumstances of poor credit score, so your comment is not valid I am afraid.

    If I can manage to keep a pre-pay meter going for 3 years, pay rent, and other bills - then surely I can be trusted with a credit meter.

    Whilst lstar337 could be seen to be a bit abrupt, he's not altogether incorrect.

    A credit meter (clue is in the c word) allows people interest free credit. People can build up thousands of pounds of debt very quickly.

    I don't know the circumstances of your credit score, nor do I care. But someone who is considering offering you credit might.
  • I understand the "c" in the word credit. It was the comment about "Why are you complaining about a situation that you got yourself into". He's a cheeky !!!!!!.
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    I understand the "c" in the word credit. It was the comment about "Why are you complaining about a situation that you got yourself into". He's a cheeky !!!!!!.
    OK, a bit unfair maybe. Sorry about that. But I was really trying to illustrate a suppliers point of view. You can't really blame a supplier for being hesitant when your credit score is bad, whether that is your fault or not.

    Why are you so bothered by the pre-pay anyway? You will only save a few £'s a year on a DD discount.
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    OP can you blame the suppliers acting like they do when we get people taking over properties and deliberately running up as much debt on a meter as possible until a prepay meter is forcably fitted. Then they either move on or bypass the prepay meters. This is standard practice with certain groups of people. Personally I think every landlord who rents out with credit meters should be made to fit prepays to begin with.
  • I have had the meter now for 3 years

    Three years? You can feel miffed the first few months in a new property but you have absolutely no excuses after three years. With a subsidised rent you have not managed to organise your finances to get rid of your meter? That is your choice, your decision, nobody else's.

    Even if you have to pay a deposit it will be about £150. So that's £200 (£150 plus interest returned after one year.) If, over three years, you have not managed to find a spare £200 you are in no position to pay the bills on a credit meter in the first place.
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