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Getting Electricity switched on


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(@smiledebs)
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Hello, 

Can anyone explain what we need to do to get an electricity supply to a house we are buying? We hope to sign the final deeds in May. There is an electricity supply to the house, but it is not turned on?? 

What do we need to do? 

Thanks

 

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Do you know whether or not the seller has used electricity there in the recent past? If so, a copy of the coding on the bills will help. This is mostly useful to tell the company exactly which supply they're looking at - addresses here are often incomplete, inaccurate or hard to pinpoint, notably for rural locations.

If that doesn't work, take clear photos of your meter, and the purchase documentation (deeds and caderneta, notably because these prove your ownership, and show the full names of the previous owners) and go to the nearest EDP office. They should be able to work with that.

You may subsequently go with an alternative tariff or supplier, but you pretty much need to start with EDP.

If the supply has not been used for an extended period and/or is not showing as up to code with EDP, there may be a further step - the estate agent may be able to advise if this is likely.

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@thomasandmatthew Thank you. Sorry, I took so long to reply.

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@smiledebs, were you able to proceed as you had hoped, and how did it go getting the electricity?

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@terrell electricity changed over, fully on and working perfectly. It was an easy process to solve. The lady at EDP was very helpful and my Portuguese was complimented, so even better.

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@smiledebs, nice! Thanks for sharing your positive outcomes. It is lovely to hear that the EDP staff was not only helpful, but thoughtful as well.

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