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    Wits End with British Gas

    I have a HMO in a company for some reason about six years ago British Gas claimed I was a micro business and put me on a Business tariff which at that point was the same price as a regular domestic tariff. As you can imagine it is no longer as competitive however British gas are now claiming I can't be on a domestic tariff as I don't live at the property! I have explained it is a domestic property with four tenants who indirectly pay for their energy in their weekly rent but I ultimately pay the bill. But no I still can not be on a domestic tariff. Don't think my tenants will be to happy with a £10 a month rent rise due to the £1.39 pence per day standing charge!

    Has anyone else had this problem and are you all as I think you are on domestic tariffs for small HMO's

    Many thanks

    #2
    Why not change supplier?

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      #3
      Owned by a company, of course it is a business.
      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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        #4
        You should change suppliers, but each supplier will put you on a business tariff, as HMO's will use more gas/electricity than a residential T who pays the bills, when T's don't pay for it directly they will have the heating on 24/7.

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          #5
          I have got an HMO. I pay the utility bills. It is not on a business tariff. I don't think suppliers have ever asked whether the property was an HMO.
          There is a fine line between irony and stupidity. If I say something absurd please assume that I am being facetious.

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            #6
            Originally posted by doobrey View Post
            I have got an HMO. I pay the utility bills. It is not on a business tariff. I don't think suppliers have ever asked whether the property was an HMO.
            I think the key determinant is likely to be whether the entity being billed is a person or a company.
            I can see the logic of a company being on a business tariff.

            I'd guess the same thing happens with bank accounts, etc.
            When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
            Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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              #7
              Originally posted by ash72 View Post
              ... as HMO's will use more gas/electricity than a residential T who pays the bills, when T's don't pay for it directly they will have the heating on 24/7.
              Why should that mean that the property should be on a business rather than a residential tariff?

              If the people living at a property use a lot of electricity the bill will be higher because of the amount used. Why should it be made even higher because a business tariff is applied?

              With a business tariff such as the one described above (£1.39 per day standing charge, compared to generally less than £0.30 per day for domestic tariffs), the cost is £30 per month higher before any usage - and I would assume that the per unit usage cost is not significantly lower for business tariffs than for domestic tariffs.

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                #8
                You need to do some serious negotiation with British Gas if you do stay on a business tariff. I buy electricity for a business (not domestic) and my standing charge is 34.9p a day less a 7% discount for paying by direct debit....
                Unshackled by the chains of idle vanity, A modest manatee, that's me

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