Registered with Property118.comSaturday 27th September 2014
Glad to hear it Rob.
Yes, I'm talking more from a student perspective, it's a different ball game and the risks are there. I also wonder if there is a variation in tariffs from one water board to another as I've had a reasonably poor experience of Southern Water.... Read More
Once you have a meter you can't return to rates as they are phasing them out so what is good for him may not be as good for future tenants although they won't be any the wiser if a meter is there already.
In a case where you are the bill payer not the tenant (e.g. HMO) it can be dangerous as all they have to do is leave a toilet running and go on holiday and you're paying so you might have to ring fence that in the contract. We are Southern Water and meters have always produced much bigger bills for houses with 2/3 people upwards and we have to take care of reading our own meters correctly as there are frequently problems with leaks on the meters and erroneous bills. Don't leave that to the water company. We are told they are read electronically but it's clear they aren't done accurately or regularly.
In your case you might only have every have a small household and the bill will always be their responsibility. If so you might want to let him get on with it but review the installation and reading carefully when he moves out.... Read More
We have found that by giving groups key meters they let them go into the red and run out of energy when they are skint, especially over Christmas or holidays. Then the boilers need firing up (often a call out) and you end up with condensation / black mould during cold and wet winters. This becomes a redecorating cost and a possible issue in the last month when the tenant wants to exit early and blames the environment on their 'breathing problems' ... pay the bills, it's easier and may be cheaper in the long run!... Read More
It's my understanding a warrant is required to enter the property and to date representatives are still attending magistrates court daily to seek such warrants. The utility companies have a procedure in place to contact/ visit and warn the bill payer. They tell the court what steps have been taken to recover the debt and the magistrates can refuse the warrant if the grounds are not sufficient ( based on the evidence given and any questions the court may have). The court is assisting the utility company to recover debt without knowing the position between landlord and tenant.
I have had my share of problems with tenants running up debts and now know that if a tenant is in rent arrears then it's likely they have debts they aren't managing all round, which might trigger an inspection that takes in a meter read/ check. Or if that's a problem, get your gas safety engineer to cast an eye over it if he is due. In my experience such tenants have also skipped from one utility company to another, used more than one top up card in a meter and put the supply back into my name mid-tenancy. I have had to deal with a lot of unwanted admin and a little financial loss over this but I would be most interested to hear if any landlord has managed to get compensation for trespass or damage. From what I know I doubt it but would be delighted to find out it has happened for anyone.... Read More
I looked into this for the reasons mentioned.
Having spoken with BG, realised you needed an internet connection and a separate email address for each account and you would need one app per property.
I haven't pushed it but wondered if there was now a solution for multiple account...... Read More