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  • HMO & Multi-Lets

    Controlling utility costs in multi-lets, HMO's ....

    With the rising costs of utilities, maybe this is something that needs to be reviewed by those of us who own HMO's and multi-lets.br/br/I have heard a number of Landlords complaining that their utility bills are rising dramatically, yet they cannot put the room rate up to reflect that.br/br/Obviously, one of the key attractions of renting a room is that all bills are included.br/br/Does the tribe have any ideas on how to control utility usage?br/br/In the past, I have put it in the "rules of the house" that tenants need to turn off lights, not switch the heating on outside of programmed hours etc, otherwise they will be charged extra.br/br/This may not work anymore though.br/br/Any tribesters got any thoughts on this ... ?
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    p1. Have gas central heating and gas cookers ( give the electric cooker to the scrape man ) /p
    p2. Have gas heated water for showers if possible this can be an issue with combi boilers which need sizing correctly depending on size of HMO and may be better to have tank storage for hot water /p
    p3. Have an energy efficient boiler can save up to £300 a year on 6 bed hmo /p
    p4. Minimize heat loss there is an abundance of info on line for this /p
    p5. Heating controls have a digital thermostat which can be locked with code and programme to different max temperatures day and night may need adjusting on feedback from tenants, balance radiators , have thermostatic rad valves /p
    p6. Train tenants not to buy their own electric heating and in the issues of over loading electric cables /p
    p7. Control ventilate the property so humidity levels not too high /p
    p8. Internally insulate and vent solid walls which are damp prone/p
    p9. Educate tenants in using vents / windows ( I am sure mine heat most town with their  wide open windows in freezing weather) /p
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    You could always explain to them that if they keep the heating on all day and night, or change the programmer settings, then the rent will have to rise to reflect this.
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    I like the idea of number 5. Definitely going to look into this...!br/
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    citePaul Fenton said:/cite
    blockquote cite="https://propertytribes.ning.com/forum/topics/controlling-utility-costs-in#2886658Comment144919"divp /p
    p1. Have gas central heating and gas cookers ( give the electric cooker to the scrape man ) /p
    p2. Have gas heated water for showers if possible this can be an issue with combi boilers which need sizing correctly depending on size of HMO and may be better to have tank storage for hot water /p
    p3. Have an energy efficient boiler can save up to £300 a year on 6 bed hmo /p
    p4. Minimize heat loss there is an abundance of info on line for this /p
    p5. Heating controls have a digital thermostat which can be locked with code and programme to different max temperatures day and night may need adjusting on feedback from tenants, balance radiators , have thermostatic rad valves /p
    p6. Train tenants not to buy their own electric heating and in the issues of over loading electric cables /p
    p7. Control ventilate the property so humidity levels not too high /p
    p8. Internally insulate and vent solid walls which are damp prone/p
    p9. Educate tenants in using vents / windows ( I am sure mine heat most town with their  wide open windows in freezing weather) /p
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    petc /p
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    We have put key meters in and put a set amount on each week ,if they use more the tenants take the key to the shop and top the meters up,Outcome lights switched off,heating used in moderation Happy tenants as rent does not need to rise, The best energy saving device we have ever fitted.br/
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    citeRhys B said:/cite
    blockquote cite="https://propertytribes.ning.com/forum/topics/controlling-utility-costs-in#2886658Comment144922"divI like the idea of number 5. Definitely going to look into this...!br/ br/
    citePaul Fenton said:/citebr/
    blockquote cite="https://propertytribes.ning.com/forum/topics/controlling-utility-costs-in#2886658Comment144919"divp /p
    p1. Have gas central heating and gas cookers ( give the electric cooker to the scrape man ) /p
    p2. Have gas heated water for showers if possible this can be an issue with combi boilers which need sizing correctly depending on size of HMO and may be better to have tank storage for hot water /p
    p3. Have an energy efficient boiler can save up to £300 a year on 6 bed hmo /p
    p4. Minimize heat loss there is an abundance of info on line for this /p
    p5. Heating controls have a digital thermostat which can be locked with code and programme to different max temperatures day and night may need adjusting on feedback from tenants, balance radiators , have thermostatic rad valves /p
    p6. Train tenants not to buy their own electric heating and in the issues of over loading electric cables /p
    p7. Control ventilate the property so humidity levels not too high /p
    p8. Internally insulate and vent solid walls which are damp prone/p
    p9. Educate tenants in using vents / windows ( I am sure mine heat most town with their  wide open windows in freezing weather) /p
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    pBuy fixed price energy so costs are capped for a certain usage during the year. You could call it an energy cap./p
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    pAny usage above the cap becomes the cost to the utility company. You will pay more for such a deal in the first instance but at least you know your max spend is going to be, say, £2,000 per annum on gas and electricity./p
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    pHi Vanessa/p
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    pI would suggest installing a tamperproof thermostat to control the heating. Siemens make one and they cost about £15 from Screwfix. Probably the cheapest and most cost effective solution./p
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    pYou could also consider switching to an energy supplier which supplies a monitoring device. Southern Electric iPlan tariff is worth looking at./p
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    pExcess usage charges are difficult to impose and no one owns up to turning up the thermostat!/p
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    pAdrian Standing/p
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