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I am moving house and disconnecting from BT, as I have not

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I am moving house and disconnecting from BT, as I have not been happy with their service, especially TV - I have hardly had reception of even the most basic channels. They are charging me 102 GBP for the rest of the telephone and TV contract which they renewed for 18 months when I upgraded my plan in Sept 2014. Is this legal? (There are additional charges for discontinuing broadband. My total bill comes to 197 pounds -What you'll pay
"You'll need to pay about £197 for stopping your BT services. This includes:
•Charges for ending your contract early - Because you're stopping your service before the end of your contract, you'll need to pay about £102 for the remaining months.
•Charge for stopping your broadband - You'll need to pay about £30 for stopping your broadband. You can find out more about this at
•Charge for your equipment - You'll need to pay about £65 for your outstanding equipment charges. You can find out more about this under 'Deferred payment for equipment' at"
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will try to help with this.
What would you like to know about this please?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Is it legal for BT to charge me for all the remaining months of my contract (6) which they extended unilaterally every time I wished to upgrade my plan So, although I initially signed up with them in July 2014 (for 18 months which is their minimum), any change of plan immediately warranted (according to BT) a new contract with an additional obligation of 18 months contract. Now, on disconnecting, Instead of charging a nominal and logical "withdrawal" or "early discontinuation" penalty, they will continue to charge from for an extra 6 months in which I shall be receiving no service from them. Is this legal?

Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Does your contract allow you to cancel?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

The contract is a standard one and of course I have not read it. It just seems a very unfair contract - a small penalty for leaving is logical (I.e. 25-30 pounds), but charging me for 6 months of no service does not seem logical and it cannot cost them that much (or anything at all). If you cannot answer me, then let's leave it, as I am not going to look up the contract and read it - my time is too valuable. Thanks

Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Sorry, not able to help if you cannot tell me what is in your contract.
Otherwise it would just be a guess and that could be wrong.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I do not think I have a paper contract

The only information sent to me on setting up the account (I have the email) is the following which is useless in this case

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Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Sorry, can't help.