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  • HMO & Multi-Lets

    Water costs

    Hi. I own a property which comprises of two commercial units and 4 residential units. The water is split on two meters and I have a barbers and a residential flat on one meter and the others on another.

    The property is in the south west so water is heinously expensive.

    My problem is how to split the supply so that the flat pays for its share and the barber for his share? The quarterly bills are £375 and so would welcome all help!

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    I guess you need to speak to Supplier as to whether they can install separate meters for each set of premises - though the £1500 pa bill across 6 units is less than £21 pcm per unit.

    I imagine splitting the supply individually would be a major expense falling on you personally in short term.

    I assume the flats are let out so how do you account for water for those - do you charge an inclusive rent?

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    Hi and thanks for your reply. All rentals include electricity and water across the 6 properties. I was wondering if I could spur a meter supply to the flat and so separate the bill for the barbers as this is where the costs are?

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    To clarify - what is the water bill just for barbers plus one flat?

    If you run the barbers that sounds like the heavier user though would depend on how many people live in the flat - a couple and say 2 kids could be having 4 baths a day etc.

    How much did you add to the flat rent to cover water use?

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    I would suggest you get a plumber to fit sub-meters to each of the premises then you can split the bills according to the actual usage.

    You don't need your supply company to fit these any plumber can do this, the meters (picture below) are available on ebay £20-£25 each.

    15mm 1/2" BSP Cold Water Meter :: House, Garden

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    That’s your answer, if you split the supply you’ll most likely end up being charged for infrastructure charges and each account will end up with standing charges.

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