Tenants and landlords should be aware of new rules governing doorstep energy sales, which were introduced yesterday (January 18th).

USwitch.com states that there is now more protection for consumers, but this does not mean they can let their guards down.

A written quote must be supplied by the seller on the doorstep - as well as in stores - before sales can be processed.

Director of consumer policy at the firm Ann Robinson said: "The new quotation system …does mean consumers can protect themselves by taking the quotes and comparing prices before signing on the dotted line."

Having written proof of what is being offered means that the onus is on the consumer to research various plans, she explained.

According to the organisation, there are growing concerns about doorstep selling. It claimed that many people get a "worse deal"when they have spoken to a salesman from an energy company.

Birmingham City Council advises anybody who experiences a doorstep salesperson to ask for identification and not to allow the person to enter their home.

Written by Mark GarnerADNFCR-2002-ID-19564943-ADNFCR

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