The allAgents reviews platform is calling on letting agents to ensure rental properties’ energy suppliers have up to date meter readings by April 1.
It’s estimated that the rise in the energy price cap, happening on Friday, will see typical bills increase £693 from £1,277 up to £1,971 – a rise of 54 per cent.
allAgents fears unsuspecting tenants whose standard meters are not read close to April 1 may be wrongly overcharged by utility companies estimating their usage.
Vincent Friel, director at allAgents, explains: "With many households working on an estimated reading, if the usage remains underestimated come April 1, these consumers will find themselves unwittingly being charged at the much higher new tariff for energy consumed prior to this date.
“Householders should compare their last bill readings with their actual consumption and if under estimated, notify their utility companies now with what they believe their actual usage will be at the end of March.
“We ask that landlords and letting agents reach out to their tenants, making them aware of this pitfall before it's too late.”