Your gas and electricity

In most instances our properties have both a gas and electricity supply. We also have some properties where only an electricity supply is available.

Before you move into your new home the gas and electric supplier does not switch off or disconnect your supply however, you will need to arrange for the details to be changed to your name. We will give you the name of the supplier and their telephone number in order for you to do this. You will also need to provide the readings from the meters.

There are two types of meters – quarterly meters and prepayment meters:

  1. If your new house has a quarterly meter, you need to supply the meter reading and your name and explain how you wish to be charged for the gas supply. There are a number of ways to pay, either by a quarterly bill or a payment plan that can be weekly or monthly. The gas supplier will accept a direct debit for these payments or send you a payment card, there are other means of payment that you can discuss with the supplier
  2. If your home has prepayment meter, you need to supply the readings from the meter – there can be as many as 8 readings on an electricity meter and usually 3 for a gas meter. The supplier will send you either a card or key in order for you to purchase gas or electric.

You may have a mixture of prepayment or quarterly meters, if you wish you can ask for a meter to be changed but the energy companies have started to charge for this service, you will need to ask whether it is possible to change your meter and what the charge would be.

It is important that you give all the information the supplier requires in order to protect yourself from being liable for any changes for the previous tenant.

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