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  • Student Accommodation

    Energy consumption

    Debating whether to include utilities (gas, elec, water & wifi) as most now do (with fair usage policy).  Wondering if anybody has advice on system to manage this or companies they use.  Or if anybody is still excluding bills and just offering lower rent.

    Thanks kindly

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    My agent offers both options, I think they use a package called Glide if they want bills included.


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    Depends on what the local market is offering. Problem I think with the companies like Glide and OneUtilityBill is that they work out expensive. I had just one property in one town and did it myself, getting them the best deal. Glide was quoted as 50% more than the electricity deal I got and double for the gas.

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    I have a 6 bed student HMO in Brighton and have always asked them to pay their own bills which they sort out via Glide. I have never had any complaints about it or found it hard to let out the property which the rent is exclusive of bills ie they pay water/electric/gas. They have never complained about using Glide. I am still not wanting to include bills as I just think it would be completely abused eg heating on with windows open and so on. Never had a problem but I agree that it seems more and more properties on the market are seemingly including bills.

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    Possibly put a fair usage policy in? IIRC another thread said they allow £15pp, anything over the tennant is liable for.

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    Thanks All!

    David  - I live in Brighton myself but suspect less competition for student accommodation down here ??

    In Liverpool competition is more fierce so think that is the reason for all inclusive - agree with you on the wastage though.

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