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Ll Want Utilities To Remain With Existing Suppliers ?

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LL want utilities to remain with existing suppliers and this term has been put in the contact.

This is not something i have ever thought about to be honest, is it a legally fair term?

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Its not legal, the LL cant dictate where you do your shopping be it for food or energy.

If written into a contract it would get thrown out under The Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999.

Thanks for the info, i am going to see what energy suppliers the guys using first (don't want to cause a fuss if i don't have to as the LL was flexiable over my border collie).

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There's a clause in my AST tenancy agreement which says that I can't have the flat's phone number transferred to a new address. I wondered at the time if that was legal, but didn't worry too much about it, because (i) you can only transfer a landline phone number if you're moving to somewhere within the same code area, (ii) I can't see how the LL could stop me taking the number with me even if he wanted to - the line rental contract is between me and TalkTalk, and nothing to do with him, and (iii) any new tenants aren't going to care anyway - they may even want to take their old number with them to the flat. But if it came to unpleasantness (e.g. the LL tried to sue me after I'd moved and taken my phone number with me), would he have a leg to stand on?

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There's a clause in my AST tenancy agreement which says that I can't have the flat's phone number transferred to a new address. I wondered at the time if that was legal, but didn't worry too much about it, because (i) you can only transfer a landline phone number if you're moving to somewhere within the same code area, (ii) I can't see how the LL could stop me taking the number with me even if he wanted to - the line rental contract is between me and TalkTalk, and nothing to do with him, and (iii) any new tenants aren't going to care anyway - they may even want to take their old number with them to the flat. But if it came to unpleasantness (e.g. the LL tried to sue me after I'd moved and taken my phone number with me), would he have a leg to stand on?

its prob just a standard term wrote into your AST, i would just get the LL permision to keep the number should you ever move out, as you say he's not going to be bothered so it should not be an issue..............

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As I say, I think this is purely academic, because the LL is an entirely sane and reasonable person who's never messed me about over anything. Should I wish to take the number with me when I move out, I'll just go ahead and do it, and if the LL raises any query after the event just say that it never occurred to me that such a condition could be in the agreement.

If the phone line was there and you have already taken it on, the LL wont have a leg to stand on if you take the number with you becuase its the property you are renting from him not a phone service and people will phone a number to talk to you not a property.

The phone line was physically there when I moved in, but it was dead - the previous tenant had only used her mobile, and didn't bother to have the landline activated. Apparently the line had been out of use for several years and BT had to send an engineer round to check it out before switching it on again. So the chances are that my number probably isn't the one used by the last tenant who had the landline in use anyway. But I was a little bit surprised that this condition had found its way into the agreement. It's not like the number is a particularly memorable one or anything like that.

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