Anyone who wants to get rid of their gas connection does not simply have to accept the bill for closing it. The national Disputes Committee has won an Amsterdam citizen who wished to terminate his contract with Liander. The ruling can have consequences for other customers who want to get rid of the gas.
The man wants to get off contract because otherwise he has to continue to pay fixed costs for the connection while he is not buying gas. That removal costs 687 euros, but the Amsterdammer does not want to pay for those costs. According to the customer, he can easily be disconnected from the gas without the connection being removed from his house.
But Liander thinks that the connection must be completely removed for safety and that the customer must pay for it. The Disputes Committee does not agree with this. Liander and the customer now have to figure out what is a reasonable amount. According to a customer's own calculation, this is 138 euros, ie 1 year of fixed costs.
There are now more than 7 million gas connections in the Netherlands. The government wants to have all houses in the Netherlands off the gas by 2050.