Posted: Wednesday, 6 April 2011 @ 11:02
If you are a tenant in a multi-let building/estate and reimburse your landlord for the electricity supply then you will be interested to hear about your new rights. Recent changes give tenants the power to demand cheaper electricity costs from a different supplier.
A tenant may now notify their landlord that they want to receive electricity from another supplier and the landlord must respond within 21 days or risk committing a criminal offence.
This will benefit those tenants that believe their landlords are not procuring the electric supply to the building or estate at a competitive rate. Landlords should therefore review their energy supply arrangements to pre-empt any potential requests from tenants in the future.
Further guidance from Ofgem will follow shortly.
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