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Im in process of moving house , ive contacted media

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hi , im in process of moving house , ive contacted virgin media informing of this to get my account switched over to my new address , virgin media do not service the new area im moving to , now according to them i have to pay £240 cancelation fee surely its their problem if they dont have cables in the ground ? i i didnt want to cancel my subscription just change address can you help
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 1 year ago.
Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Whilst I empathise with your position, in reality Virgin are entitled to do as they have proposed. The legal position is as follows: you have a contract for the supply of services by them to your current address and for a minimum term. You are therefore locked into this contract for the specified term and at the specific address. If you were to move, which is your choice as far as Virgin are concerned, you have the option of transferring the services to your new address. However, if this is a non-cable area then they cannot transfer your services there and as such it would be treated as a cancellation of the current contract. I understand that you are saying it is their problem that they do not have cables there but you have to remember why you are in this position – it is because you are moving, not because there are no cables there. Many people have been in your position and the outcome is the same – you either move to a cable area or if you do not, then you will have to cancel the contract early and then you will be liable for any contractual cancellation charges. Some people have taken the risk of cancelling their direct debit and not paying anything further or any cancellation charges but this can be passed on to debt collectors and then you will have to deal with them and still be responsible for this debt. I'm sorry if this is not necessarily the answer you were hoping for, however I do have a duty to be honest and explain the law as it actually stands. This does mean delivering bad news from time to time. I hope you understand and would be happy to provide any further clarification if needed. If you are still satisfied with the level of service you have received I would be grateful if you could please take a second to leave a positive rating by selecting 3, 4 or 5 starts at the top of the page. Thank you