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Smart gas and electricity meters will be offered to every home between now and 2020. What will you do when your tenants say they want one installed? Free events and impartial guidance.
Every home will be offered a gas and electricity smart meter between now and 2020. The new smart meters provide gas and electricity readings directly to suppliers, meaning an end to estimated billing. They also show people how much they are using in pounds and pence, via a hand-held in-home display. What do they mean for landlords and tenants of HMOs?
And issues can be more complicated where landlords are submetering or there are multiple prepayment meters.
Future Climate, working with Smart Energy GB has produced new impartial guidance for landlords and tenants on smart meters - with a particular focus on HMOs - available here: http://futureclimate.org.uk/smart-meters/
We're also staging meetings for landlords of HMOs or other private rented properties. Come to these free events and find out about what smart meters mean for you and your rented properties.
To register to attend email david @ futureclimate.org.uk
7:00-8:30pm, Wednesday 7th December: Manchester Landlords’ Smart Meter MeetingHoliday Inn Manchester City Centre, 25 Aytoun Street, Manchester, M1 3AE
7:00-8:30pm, Tuesday 13th December: West Midlands Landlords’ Smart Meter MeetingCrowne Plaza Solihull 61, Homer Road, Solihull, B91 3QD
"In situations where landlords pay bills they will need to work with tenants to ensure the smart meters are installed and used properly"
David, I'm not following why a landlord in these circumstances needs to work with anyone. Am I missing something?
I'm thinking of the in-home display. This will only be useful for the tenants and landlords will need to make sure tenants know how to use it and don't take it away at the end of the tenancy. There's also the normal requirement for landlords to inform tenants in advance of the smart meter installation visit, during which energy efficiency advice is given so it will be useful to have the tenants there.
But what has this got to do with HMOs where the landlord pays the bills? I don't follow.
During the installation visit, the landlord will be given an in-home display device. This is locked to the smart meters in that home and only has a range of 15m. Accordingly, it is not useful for the landlord but is useful for the tenants. Similarly, during the installation visit, the installer will give energy efficiency advice - again primarily useful for the tenants.
If the landlord wants the tenants to save energy (as is in the landlord's interest) he/she needs to work with them to make sure they benefit from these features.
I have them at all properties where they are available. No more estimated bills or requests to read the meter. Online up to date access to accurate consumption data. The in-home display is trivial in comparison to the removal of one more pain in the neck (its in a cupboard somewhere)!
Very good point.
I had them installed in all my HMOs, they are a god send, an end to estimated billing.
The possibility of falling behind on my energy at single property multiplied by the number of properties could have had a significant impact on cash flow, which caused me to spend alot of time taking monthly reads and cross checking with estimated bills.
Now, I just go off what comes out of the bank every month and cross reference that with what has been paid for the cards that go in the card meters.
again, no idea what happens to the in-home display