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    Who would pay the bills

    Hi

    Who pays the bills when you let a flat out?

    eg:

    If I use a letting agency I assume the tenant pays the rent to them.

    But the utility bills will be coming to me in my name.

    Do I have to forward the bills to the letting agency to recoup my money that way?

    Thanks

    #2
    Bills are put in to the tenant's name using readings and serial number provided either by you or the letting agent on move in day.
    <a href="http://www.manchesterpropertygroup.co.uk/" target="_blank">Manchester letting agents</a>

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      #3
      The utility bills should be in tenant's name -- otherwise you would remain liable for the cost of the utlities.

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        #4
        The LA should have taken readings when the tenant moved in, though check that they offer that as part of the service, most do. We contact all the utility companies once a tenant has moved in to make sure that it is done as sometimes tenants forget.

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          #5
          Ok thanks. I will make sure the letting agent inform the relevant departments.

          Thanks

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            #6
            Some bills can be LL responsibility - eg estate maintenance in my experience

            and I have a vague recollection, probably wrong, that council tax can be if tenancy short ?? less than 6 months?? (???).

            If you didn't tell utility companies you are no longer account holder, (& didn't take readings) presumably you might be liable, unless tenancy states otherwise??? Not sure about that one...
            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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              #7
              Sorry, yup didnt make myself clear, if its a block of flats then the t should be responsible for the gas, water, elec, and council, and generally the L will continue to pay the service charge

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                #8
                ...and L pays the ground rent too.
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