Tenants don't understand E7

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    Tenants don't understand E7

    Not sure there is any solution to this problem, but maybe someone will have a suggestion:

    Most of my rental properties are on Economy 7 heating. There is a timeswitch in the airing cupboard controlling the immersion heaters. The lower one is meant to be used overnight, with the upper one for a boost in case the water runs out. In a couple, the storage heaters are also on timeswitches.

    In all cases, I send an introductory letter to my tenants explaining how the system works. I emphasise that day rate electricity is around three times the price of night rate, so the bulk of heating should be on the night rate.

    However, several times now, when I get the properties back, I notice that the timeswitches have been set so they come on during the daytime, rather than night.

    Maybe I'm just being a 'control freak' here. However, it annoys me to get the impression that my tenant has left the place due to the high cost of heating.

    Any suggestions?

    #2
    Same here. If you find out please let me know.

    I've tried and tried but despair. System works if user engages brain.......
    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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      #3
      Originally posted by JK0 View Post


      Maybe I'm just being a 'control freak' here. However, it annoys me to get the impression that my tenant has left the place due to the high cost of heating.

      Any suggestions?
      I'm sure they have left due to that - why not ask them?

      Last year after loads of tenancy changes I bit the bulitt and put GFCH in one of my lets that had storage heaters. On inspections I had noticed the place was cold and tenants would have the gas fire on as low as possible. When we took the hot water cylinder out we discovered that someone had put a tiny element in it - again to save on the electric.

      It is very hard to educate youngsters into how E7 functions and it is crap at heating most homes.



      Freedom at the point of zero............

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        #4
        We had E7 with storage heaters at home when I was growing up (between ages of 8 and 19) and then in my first few properties (probably until the age of 25 or so).

        I *still* (13 years on) want to set the washing machine to run at 1 am ... my MIL hasn't had E7 for at least 30 years (they heated the house Mr Emwithme grew up in from the Aga) and she does the same.

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          #5
          OMG, another one!

          Romanian tenant (with fluent English) of one month's standing, just rang to ask me how to change the timeswitch on her hot water tank. She lives alone, so I don't know how she manages to use more than 210 litres per day, but she reckons it's freezing by 6pm.

          I told her just to push the boost button about half an hour before she wants a shower.

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            #6
            I bet she stays in the shower for ever - they all seem to do that these days!



            Freedom at the point of zero............

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              #7
              Thanks Interlaken.

              I think I found out why the hot water runs out today. My tenant now has husband & 8 year old naughty person living there.

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                #8
                I just got back from one of my properties where I replaced the hob for my tenant of 6 years. The place was virtually steaming, it was so hot in there. I had to keep mopping my brow. This place has weather sensitive storage heaters, and is also on SSE's flexiheat tariff. This gives them a two hour boost in the afternoon, so should not require overheating in the morning to get a good temparature at night.

                Looking at the lounge storage heater, the input was on 4, and the output on 6. My tenant seemed to be under the impression that the storage heaters consume current all the time the switch is on, so he told me he switched it off while at work. Therefore it needs to be red hot in the morning, as it doesn't get its afternoon boost.

                I've tried to explain about the weather sensitive thermostat, but I don't think he believed me.

                Perhaps I should learn Polish?

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