8:58 AM, 18th August 2021, About 2 years ago 6
I’m posting this on behalf of an elderly landlord, who’s a friend. He owns a few 3-4 bed houses and rents it out by rooms to young professionals. All these years he has been splitting the monthly energy bills equally amongst the housemates, and everyone used to be fine with that.
However, lately because of increased homeworking, there have been situations where some tenants are working from home, and others are not, so splitting the bills equally leads to questions and issues. In some cases, housemates have been mature enough to agree to a different split, but in other cases, they have not and expected him to provide an acceptable solution. In some cases, office-based tenants didn’t even communicate their concerns about the bills and moved out instead to avoid having an embarrassing conversation.
He has a smart meter, but since he’s not living there, it’s hard to figure out who’s using how much.
He is keen to learn from other HMO landlords if there’s a new norm when someone’s working from home full time? E.g. Do they pay a certain % more?
If there is, then next time he gets a tenant who will be working from home, he will specify that higher share in the contract to prevent any confusion/conflict.
He will be grateful for your advice.