I always notify the utility companies when my student tenants move in and out, to ensure that the opening and final bills are correct and dealt with, with forwarding addresses etc. (A few years ago some tenants didn’t pay a gas bill all year because the previous tenants put it in my name at the address – I was being sent bailiff letters to my rented property! NPower caught up with them afterwards when I found out!)
My question is, if my tenants wish to change supplier, is there any way of writing a clause in the contract to say they have to switch back to a certain supplier (ie. SWALEC) at the end of their tenancy? I find it a nightmare trying to find out each year who has changed and then having to deal with loads of different suppliers with meter readings and forwarding addresses – some companies are better than others at dealing with landlords and they all seem to have their own processes!
I think we’re not allowed to say they can’t switch utilities, but can you put it in the contract that they must switch back to a certain supplier before they leave the property?
Thanks so much!