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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 12:57 pm 
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Last September my daughter and her friends moved in to their new student home. Little did I know that the innocuous-looking clause in their contract about energy suppliers would have me still trying to sort out the chaos it created 9 months later. The agent's contract stated that the tenants energy supply would be moved to Spark Energy, but that the tenants could change at any time. They chose GB Energy, and were on supply for one day before Spark took the supply over. Spark agreed (after a phone call from me, explaining that the tenants had exercised their right to change supplier), that there had been an erroneous transfer.

You could not make up the trail of chaos that this has caused since that date.

So, a warning. If your student tenancy includes a clause that allows the agent or landlord to choose supplier, strike it out. If you've already signed, put in writing that you are exercising your right to change supplier now, and then phone the agent (probably daily!) to check that they don't go ahead anyway. Spark, by the way, were (and probably still are), very expensive.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:21 pm 
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Hi,

I hope you find my reply in red informative.

Y wrote:
Last September my daughter and her friends moved in to their new student home. Little did I know that the innocuous-looking clause in their contract about energy suppliers would have me still trying to sort out the chaos it created 9 months later. The agent's contract stated that the tenants energy supply would be moved to Spark Energy, but that the tenants could change at any time.This is common with some letting agents who have a 'business relationship' with a particular supplier and every time there is a change in tenancy, the supply changes to that particular supplier immediately when property is vacated They chose GB Energy, and were on supply for one day before Spark took the supply over. Timing is crucial here, if the supply has recently changed to that particular supplier, only the letting agency can cancel the transfer within 14 days from the date agency arranged to change supplier (cooling off period) Spark agreed (after a phone call from me, explaining that the tenants had exercised their right to change supplier), that there had been an erroneous transferBy arranging an erroneous transfer, Spark transferred the supply back to the supplier of the previous tenant (this process takes a few weeks to transfer supply back) and only then can the new tenant arrange to transfer to preferred supplier. Bit messy, best advice would be to accept that the supply has been changed to the letting agents preferred supplier and then change supplier. Lot quicker process

You could not make up the trail of chaos that this has caused since that date.In hindsight, the chaos was caused by arranging an erroneous transfer :roll: - best advise again is for a new tenant to accept the agency has arrange transfer to their preferred supplier (if too late to cancel within cooling off)

So, a warning. If your student tenancy includes a clause that allows the agent or landlord to choose supplier, strike it out.Some agencies will have already arranged the change of supplier from the date the previous tenant moved out so could be too late anyway If you've already signed, put in writing that you are exercising your right to change supplier now, Agencies generally do not prevent a tenant for choosing their preferred supplier and then phone the agent (probably daily!) to check that they don't go ahead anyway.Again it really depends on timing - when previous tenant moved out as it might be too late Spark, by the way, were (and probably still are), very expensive.


My advise would be that for a new tenant not to worry about who is the supplier of a property. Very important to take dated picture of both gas and electricity meter on date when moving in. Ring supplier line to find out who is the supplier and setup a/c from start date on tenancy. If the property is going through a change of supplier, find out the start date with new supplier. Give the current or potential new supplier the reading taken at the start of tenancy. This is simple all around. Don't worry about previous supplier chasing up balances relating to previous tenant. Debt follows those previous tenants, not current tenants. Likewise take a dated picture when vacating property :)


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:43 pm 
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This is all very interesting, thank you. DD received an email about this last week (& I think it was sparks), which she has, of course, ignored. Along with the one about broadband. I'll get nagging ...


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:58 pm 
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sky111, that is very helpful advice on a rather complicated issue, so thank you.

For "Spark", should I be reading "Shark"? :roll:


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