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  • HMO & Multi-Lets

    Utility bills increasing

    i currently rent rooms out in a btl on separate agreements with bills included.

    Over the last years the electricity and gas bills have substantially increased. The heat and water is set to come on 3 times a day. Earlier in the year I discerned some of the rooms were using additional plug in heaters and 2 rooms had left the heaters on during the day when they were at work. In the summer they had fans running all day

    I asked them not to because of safety reasons but I fear they will ignore this behind my back.

    Any ideas on how I can restructure the bills so I don’t bare the brunt of them expoiting inclusive bills?

    tgank you

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    you could install landlord pre-payment meters ( look at stephen p wales website ) in each bedroom for the electric, would require a rewire.

    or

    you could use a company like https://glide.co.uk/landlords

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    Hi, how much (%) have your bills increased by? Would be interesting to see whether there is a way of accommodating that increase in your charge, without having to spend on things to accommodate the way your tenants are using power best wishes Jackie

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    HI Sharon, one of the things you could consider is whether you are achieving the best rates for your energy, which could at least reduce the difference between 'included' costs and those which you or the tenants would have to make up.

    If you have a residential supply, there is an opportunity to reduce bills by around 15-20%  with commercial rates which are generally better than those for residential customers and can be fixed for longer periods, thus securing rates against rising prices. 

    (*Moderator note:  "Pied piper" content removed*).

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    I have my hmos on commercial gas/elec but one of the key things is that I communicate with the tenants with my suggestion on when heating should come on and go off dependant on work patterns in house. They can then come back and agree/disagree and then we sort it out. Never had a prob and do a regular inspection/meter readings so think I would notice if they had independant heaters.

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    Thank you all for suggestions. Much appreciated

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