Landlords should be aware that they could be liable for any unpaid utility bills, and even reconnection fees if they don’t correctly manage the end of tenancy process with regards to utilities. We’ve put together a ‘best practice’ guide regarding tenants’ utility services to help you have a successful tenancy, without facing any unexpected fees.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING UTILITY BILLS?
WHEN DO THE TENANTS BECOME RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BILLS?
If tenants are paying for utilities, they are responsible for them from the start date of the tenancy. To ensure accurate invoicing, a meter reading should be taken on the day that the tenants move into their new home. In the excitement and stresses of moving day, tenants may forget to take a meter reading. Therefore, we recommend that it be included as part of the check-in process and recorded on the inventory. Remember to cover off who informs the utility provider in your tenancy agreement.