Landlords: it’s your right to choose your own energy supplier

LANDLORDS need to “check the small print” if they are concerned their letting agent has switched energy supply without them realising it.

Under Ofgem rules, anyone renting a property and who is directly responsible for paying the gas and/or electricity bills, has the right to choose their own energy supplier.

It has come to light that some estate agents have “business arrangements” with energy providers and landlords could be tacitly allowing them to take over the supply of gas and electricity by signing the rental contract.

Authorisation to change the energy provider is a very tightly controlled process where energy suppliers require a signed Letter of Authority (LOA) from the contracting entity – the company name shown on the contract.

The LOA must clearly state if the third party has authority to agree and sign a new contract for supply of energy – this is the detail that landlords should be looking for in their letting agents’ contracts.

Slightly different to letting agents are managing agents who are often granted authority to sign energy contracts on behalf of their landlords as it is not something that landlords tend to like getting involved with. In this case, the managing agent would need a signed LOA to do so.

Ofgem has some useful information for landlords about this important matter as it also has the benefit of being the authority when it comes to managing energy suppliers’ ethics and malpractice in landlords/letting agents’ behaviour.

Read more here about how to switch energy supplier.

Inteb’s Christmas donation to children’s charity

A Wirral children’s hospice has received a present from Inteb Managed Services – a festive donation of £250.

The gift to Claire House was in lieu of Christmas cards normally sent out to the company’s clients.

Inteb Managed Services managing director Colin Jones with Claire House fundraiser Jess Campbell outside the company’s headquarters at Egerton House

Managing director Colin Jones said: “Claire House does amazing work for children and their families. At this special family time of the year, we decided to forego Christmas cards and send a donation instead to this very worthy cause.

“I’m sure all our customers will agree it couldn’t have gone to a better place.”

Jessica Campbell, corporate fundraiser for Claire House, added: “We simply couldn’t provide the first class care our families receive without the support of local businesses.

“We’re so grateful to Inteb Managed Services for their support and would encourage others to follow their lead and help their local children’s hospice.”

Claire House, at Clatterbridge, Wirral, helps seriously and terminally ill children live life to the full by creating wonderful experiences and bringing back a sense of normality to family life.

By providing specialist nursing care and emotional support, the hospice helps families smile again when life couldn’t get any tougher.

For more information about Claire House visit their website.

Terry’s up and running for another record-breaker

Another record-breaking run is within distance this week for energy expert Terry Daly.

Terry, 38, a senior energy analyst at Inteb Managed Services, is hoping to beat two previous record-breakers in a series of 5K runs in Wirral on Sunday, January 29.

He completed the first of the Port Sunlight Park Health Runs in November in 19.35 minutes and the second, held in December, in 19.31 minutes, beating his own best time and making him the holder of the course record.

He said: “Another record-breaking time would be great but it’s all dependent on the weather. The course is on the edge of the Mersey estuary where winds can impact on running conditions – but I’m hoping for the best but will just have to see what happens.”

Super-fit Terry cycles seven days a week – including to and from work at Inteb’s headquarters at Egerton House in Birkenhead – and runs two or three times a week. In August, he cycled the Isle of Man TT race course, contributing to his cycling total last year of more than 6,000 miles.

The partnership that’s bringing solutions to rising energy costs

A PARTNERSHIP between Inteb Managed Services and AXA IM Real Assets, the largest real estate portfolio and asset managers in Europe, is providing major solutions to the issue of rising energy costs.

With energy management problem-solving at the top of the Inteb agenda for its real estate clients throughout the UK’s public and private sectors, this six-year relationship is bringing tangible and workable opportunities for businesses and organisations for whom cost savings and commitment to the environment are crucial.

Raja Khan, commercial director at Inteb, whose company runs a nationwide team of energy managers, surveyors and environmental specialists from its headquarters at Egerton House, Birkenhead, explained: “As Europe’s biggest real estate portfolio and asset managers with €66bn of assets under management, AXA IM Real Estates provides us with a partnership working arrangement that brings enormous benefits to our clients.

“Among the major advantages is the ability for us to be able to operate a formal energy management programme across a selection of large energy-consuming assets.

“This is vital for high energy using organisations registered for the Government’s CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme which is aimed at improving energy efficiency and cutting carbon dioxide emissions.”

Other key benefits of the partnership means Inteb can, as part of the energy management programme, identify, plan and manage energy efficiency opportunities at managed assets as well as engage with property managers and occupants about potential improvements.

Raja added: “Six years of working with AXA IM Real Estates gives us confidence to provide real solutions to the ongoing issue of rising energy costs. As an example, we are able to achieve cost savings of more than £100,000, equivalent to a reduction of more than 1,811 tonnes of carbon dioxide, as well as monitor and drive down year-on-year CRC allowances and costs at property and fund level.”

View the complete case study here