I am in a similar position and I am learning all the time on what to do.
Firstly, make sure the deposit regardless of how much you received is in a safe deposit scheme.
Secondly, they need to be constantly late or 2 months / 8 weeks behind before you can start a Section 8 eviction notice. Otherwise its a section 21 notice but this can only be served after 4 months of tenancy.
Its costly but its worth getting a solicitor to start the process .around £500 plus court fees which these are added to the debt.
you can di it online yourself but everything has to be perfect with regards to the form filling otherwise it may get rejected or thrown out at court. I was lucky with mine even though it was only a very minor paperwork issue which wasn't noticed by the judge.
Getting to court takes around 5-8 weeks and even then, if they bring themselves within the 2 months amount then they will reject the case. hope this helps a bit.
if you are thinking about one. Ensure your supplier is using SMETS2 versions. Those are comparable across suppliers. SMETS1 ( the original ones) require some updates to infrastructure to reconnect. This should be fairly soon.
If you are fairly careful with your usage, you are unlikely to save anything on use. The benefit is down to auto reading.
I'm very surprised the operator is trying
to tie you in for 2 years. I did not think they could do that. The government have set targets for them and have recently stretched that out, so putting restrictions in place seems odd.
Also for note, smart meters do have the ability to accept a remote off signal
Thanks. Some of the issues raised, are those which other people have told me about.
Given that having a "smart" device should really be a positive experience, I have mostly heard negative feedback. Some people have had them awhile and seem to be locked into a suppliers, having problems moving to a cheaper tariff offered by another suppliers. These "smart" devices were supposed to enable quick and easy switching.
As I switch suppliers at least every 2 years, I will wait until I am happy with what "smart" meter they want to install.
Don't touch them owe me £500 since January 2019 make excuse after excuse. Seem they always have software problems sending money out. Keep saying they will call back or email nothing been chasing it now for 6 mths the phone staff always have the same banter we will chase it up and get back to you then nothing!