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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tenants stopped from swapping energy supplier

Energy comparison site uSwitch have accused landlords of stopping tenants from swapping energy supplier.

The website surveyed  500 landlords and 1,000 tenants (so not very many surveyed by a self interested party). 

The survey found 13% of landlords admitted to having stopped tenants switching their energy supplier, this figure rose to  19% for portfolio landlords ( three or more properties).

Commenting on the comparison sites findings, Ofgem states, - tenants are allowed to switch supplier, and landlords and letting agents cannot unreasonably prevent them from doing so, although they did go on to say it was OK for a ‘preferred supplier’ clause to be used in rental agreements, although tenants are then not legally bound stick to this named ‘preferred supplier’.

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