Tenant’s advice: Can I switch my energy supplier?
Do you rent your flat and pay your energy bills directly to the supplier? If so, you should know that you are eligible to freely switch gas and electricity providers. Sometimes, finding better offer may help you to save even £200 per annum!
It does not matter that you don’t own the property, you can still do the switch, as long as you pay the bills, not your landlord. However, you might be required to inform your landlord or letting agency about the change in the supplier, if stated so in the tenancy contract.
Special agreement between Landlord and energy supplier
In some cases, your landlord or letting agency might have some arrangements with a given energy supplier which is set as a default supplier on the tenancy agreement. Your landlord is obligated to inform you about agreements he/she as with a preferred energy supplier and equip you with all the details regarding monthly payments. If you spot the name of the supplier when signing the tenancy contract, you can try to negotiate it. Even if your landlord does not agree to change the supplier, you are still allowed to do so, as long as you are responsible for the monthly energy payments.
When you cannot change the supplier
- If your landlord pays all the bills directly or as an intermediate, you are not eligible to switch suppliers. If you feel really unsatisfied about the amount you pay, you can always try to talk to your landlord and ask for a change in the energy provider. Remember, however, that he/she may reject your request, since they are not obligated to do so.
- When the costs of the energy of your property are included in the contract
Don’t worry, though, your bills are charged based on the records from electric or gas meter, so your landlord cannot charge you unfairly. Additionally, you are just charged for what you have used. Any energy costs related to the administration or communal lighting must proceed by your landlord.