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« on: July 13, 2021, 11:10:26 AM »

Hi Everyone, I have a new Tenant who has moved in to my property (i am new at this and this is only my second tenant) and wondered if i am legally obliged to inform Utilities Company each time a new Tenant moves in or whether its up to the Tenant to sort themselves? Do i have to give Meter Readings at changeover to Utility Company too?  Thanks :) :)

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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2021, 03:03:08 PM »

You're not obliged to. I nearly always do. Obviously (surely?) there's a window of time where you had liability? It's not often the case that one Tenant walks out while another walks in... so at the Check-Out I would take meter readings... and at the Check-In I would take meter readings.... informing the utility companies can be done by Tenants... or both of you. I prefer to ensure my liability is documented as I want it to be. Same for Council Tax.
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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2021, 04:55:49 PM »

Thats great thanks for your advice.  :)
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2021, 07:16:21 PM »

I had a void period of about five weeks when my tenants moved out and the search was on for new tenants. I took metre readings on move out date and move in date to document. I informed Council Tax and set up all utilities in my name too for the period. I just set up monthly contracts for this. Although unit price is higher it was easier to cancel contract and I didn't have to pay penalty for getting out of contract earlier either as it was rolling monthly. Also after speaking to the water company I was told I wouldn't be charged for the water at the property for the period. They advised I could sign up to 'Landlord Tap' which makes it easier to update my own and tenant liability period at the property.

Although if you're not obligated to then that is much easier to do! I found dealing with the utility companies pointlessly stressful. I will definitely be taking a different approach in future.
« Last Edit: July 21, 2021, 07:21:21 PM by Betty »
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2021, 01:09:42 PM »

You should write to the suppliers just to have a piece of mind. A tenant of mine occupied the property for about 5 years and I received an electricity bill on my name with a bill of over 4000 so was asked for a tenancy agreement. It's not too difficult to deal with these nowadays because most suppliers have live chat services so you don't need to make a phone call, email them or send a letter but no point in wasting your time. You can go on the suppliers website and use their live chat services and request a chat transcript to be emailed over to you or you can simply print it yourself or download it as PDF.
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