Friday, 2 September 2011

Licensee to pay £14,509 electricity bill

A licensee in Cornwall has reached an out-of-court settlement with energy company Opus to pay electricity bills worth over £14,000.

Gary McNaughton, Trust Inns tenant of the New Inn, Goonhavern, said he was left with no choice but to accept the settlement after Opus told him they would demand £30,000, payable over two weeks, if he lost the case.

In January The Publican’s Morning Advertiser reported how McNaughton claimed he was "grossly mis-sold" his contract in 2004 as he was led to believe it would last one year at £319 per month. He was tied into four years and his monthly bill rose to £2,200 in January 2009 as he was put on a “rollover contract” when Opus block-ed a bid to switch supplier.

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