What To Do Before You Move?
Notify your current energy provider
Inform your current gas and electricity supplier about your upcoming move. It is advised to give a minimum of 48 hours’ notice before you plan to vacate the premises. Ensuring a seamless transition to your new home is vital to avoid any unforeseen energy bills that may arise after you’ve completed your move!
Next, review your current energy supplier’s contract agreement for any early exit fees or penalties. These terms can vary between different energy suppliers but it is advised to familiarise yourself with these beforehand. (Some energy providers may waive these terms in the event of moving properties.)
Additionally, make sure to request that your final bill is sent to your new address to ensure timely and accurate payment of any outstanding balances.
Identify new energy provider
This is a fairly straightforward procedure – your new landlord, past tenant, rental agent or developer (if you are moving into a new build) should be able to provide you with your energy meter number.
Do note that you will be liable for any energy usage from the date you take over the new property – which may differ from your actual move-in date. Initially, the new supplier’s standard variable tariff rate will be charged, which typically is the most expensive.
Identify MPRN and MPAN numbers
These terms refer to your meter point reference number (MPRN) which calculates gas consumption and your meter point administration number (MPAN) which calculates electricity consumption; both are found on your energy bills.
Your MPAN is a 21-digit number (sometimes known as your “supply number”), whilst the MPRN is a 6-10 digit number, both specifically associated with the property.
It would be helpful to pass this information on to the new tenants.