You’ve been switched to a new energy supplier without your agreement
If you didn’t agree for your energy supply to be changed to a new supplier, it’s called an ‘erroneous transfer’.
There are a number of reasons why this could happen, for example:
- a supplier made a mistake, eg they confused your address with someone else’s
- you were misled by a salesperson
You’ll normally know this has happened if you get a final bill or letter from your current supplier, or a welcome letter from a new supplier.
What you should do
Contact either your old or new supplier to let them know. You can use our example letter to help you write to them.
What the supplier must do
They must cancel the transfer or arrange for the supply to be transferred back to your original supplier.
The supplier you complain to must also:
- within 5 working days, write and tell you what action they’re going to take
- within 20 working days, write to confirm your supply will be returned to your old supplier
This is called the ‘erroneous transfer customer charter’ and all suppliers must follow it. If they don’t, you should make a complaint.
You won’t have to pay any bills to the new supplier. You’ll continue to get bills from your original supplier as normal.
If a salesperson forged your signature
If a salesperson has forged your signature on a contract, you’re entitled to £250 compensation from the energy supplier they signed you up to. You should contact them to claim this.