High bills and disputed accounts
We can investigate a range of billing issues including:
- high bills or disputed accounts
- estimated bills
- backbills or 'catch up' bills
- billing delays
- errors with rebates or concessions.
Billing errors do sometimes happen, but it’s common for high bills to be caused by other factors such as:
- increased usage in different seasons (eg using the heater more in winter)
- faulty or new appliances
- more people living in the property
- tariff increases or changes (eg due to a meter change)
- 'catch up' bill following an under-read or estimated bill
- changes to a billing period
- first bill at a new address
- other charges on the account (including transferred arrears, miscellaneous fees).
Other, less common causes of high bills include:
- meter reading error
- cross wiring of the premises (eg where renovations have occurred)
- technical fault with the meter.
Billing investigations may take time to resolve, so we recommend you pay the part of the bill not in dispute. This will help you stay on top of your bills and show the retailer you are acting in good faith.
If you’re not experiencing serious affordability issues and appear to be using our investigation to avoid payment, we may close the investigation.