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  • Legal FAQs

    Tenant liable for utilities bill before move?

    Hi,

    We just moved into our new property on the 5th of September. We received a bill for the periods of 2nd August to the 2nd September. 

    Called the supplier they said as our contract started in July we are liable for the payment although what I’ve read else where suggests otherwise?. 

    They’ve asked us to send meter readings. Will we be liable for the payment for that period ?
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    Hi John,

    No, you are only liable from the date you moved in.

    Send them a copy of your tenancy agreement highlighting the move in date of 5th September along with meter readings.

    Either the previous tenant or the landlord will be liable for the bill they sent, not you.

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    What date was the start date of your tenancy agreement, please? Assuming July some time then that's when you are liable from.  (Surely: ??)

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    Sorry, I misunderstood.  I think John needs to clarify the start date of the tenancy because he becomes liable for the utilities from that date, whether he physically moved in or not ....

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    Both Gas and Electricity have a standing charge you have to pay to the supplier which is charged daily. So even if you're not using any of the gas or electric you'd still be incurring the standing costs.

    So it all depends on the start date of the tenancy agreement. You're only liable for costs from the start date. 

    Same goes for your council tax and water bills.
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    Saagar

    Disclaimer: I have no legal expertise nor am I a qualified advisor on any subject. A humble landlord using an open forum to exchange ideas and experiences. 


    Not all utility supplies have standing charges (eg Utilita: I am not a customer nor have any interests in the company).

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