The day you move in get the MPRN and GPRN, take a picture of the meter readings, and sign up with your favourite provider directly on their website or through Bonkers.ie or something like that. You don't have to sign up the same day you can backdate normally. You usually sign up for a 12 month or 18 month contract which you can transfer to a new property if you move, but there's normally only a small fee for breaking the contract if you need to.
Do it yourself, if the agent tried to set up anything like that for me massive alarm bells would be going off. Absolutely do not take on an existing account, you potentially take on any debt associated with it. Besides there are offers for signing up new accounts.
This may be unrelated but it sounds like the agent may be trying to lead you too much, if they try get set up the standing order for your rent through your bank themselves decline and just do it yourself for free through your online banking. My first rental the agent told me they were setting up a direct debit (different to a standing order), which would have been fine except next thing I knew I was hit with a €30 fee from my bank for accepting a paper standing order instruction from the agent.
Last edited by TheChizler; 04-08-2020 at 23:26.