Why the oil loses its power for a long time there is the common practice in the German energy suppliers, that gas prices are closely linked to oil prices. This is to protect the company from short-term price jumps and ensure long-term investments. However, many customers complain about the lack of transparency of the gas prices. A news judgment of the Bundesgerichtshof (BGH) tells you now, whether coupled energy prices are legitimate. The real estate site myimmo.de reports on the changes. In a landmark decision, the BGH decided that customers with automatic pairing of the energy prices are unreasonably disadvantaged. The reason: The utilities can make extra profits which extend beyond passing rising costs.
Consumers who heat with gas in her apartment, should carefully consider therefore their contract terms after the fallen verdict of the judges in Karlsruhe. Finally, the coupling of the gas price the price of heating oil is widely used. Claims to the energy supplier but need not necessarily succeed, but are charged with itself. It is also advisable to consult consumer associations. Whether the new ruling much will change, is doubtful however.
Experts expect no reduction in gas prices, but merely a breakdown of the cost increases to consumers. International treaties remain unaffected by the regulation with the gas suppliers themselves. However, the enforcement of the consumer interests as success is evaluated. Finally, it matter in the future to prevent the price adjustment clauses in the contracts declared illegal.