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    Time Frame for Admin- Notice to Utility Companies about New Tenants

    I am allowing 2 weeks before Tenants move in, to notify the Utility Companies & Council about the new Tenants.

    From your experience, would you say this is enough time?

    I will receive receipt proof of payment when the Bills are paid.

    #2
    Originally posted by ukpj View Post
    I am allowing 2 weeks before Tenants move in, to notify the Utility Companies & Council about the new Tenants.

    From your experience, would you say this is enough time?

    I will receive receipt proof of payment when the Bills are paid.
    It's very unclear what you're actually asking; but if it helps: normal procedure is to contact the utility co and council after the tenants have moved in, and then again after they've moved out at the end of the tenancy.

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      #3
      As Eric says: I email, following up with hard-copy, (only use 'phone if no email ID) all utility companies & Council the day the tenants move in, after they move in, copy to tenants. with names, dates, meter readings etc .. Keep copies, that way later "misunderstandings" are more difficult.

      I'd never advise anyone beforehand - if only in case they never move in.

      Receipt prrof of payment?? Utility bill is tenant's problem, not yours: Strongly suggest you don't get involved in tenant bills (of any nature..) unless required to.

      (No offense but..) have you done any training in being a landlord?? RLA & NLA (or SaL just in case you's in Scotland..) all run worthwhile courses THAT WILL SAVE YOU M ORE TIME & ££££ than they cost to do...

      Hope it works out... letting is a legal & human minefield.. My standard advice is don't start letting property unless you have the emotional (ah, yes, kinda important..) & financial reserves to cope with the "Tenant-from-hell" (or agent-from, or "guaranteed-rent-scheme-from-hell"..) when you don't get rent for, say, 7 months whilst trying to get them out (time, money, aggro..) and keep paying the mortgage & then tenant 'phones up @ 10:37pm Saturday evening "Toilet's leakin' innit...", "Sorry to hear that my good man I'll have my maintenance chaps call you Monday",,,, "Nah, nah, it's been leaking for a week, 'orrible stain on lounge ceiling & 'orrible pong you gorra do it nah...".... and you know you MUST do the repairs or that nice judge will decide you are harassing the tenant & either chuck out your possession claim (if s8...) or allow more time to stay....

      Welcome to the fun world of property letting...

      Cheers!
      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 won't be able to advise the utilities before the tenant moves in, because the utilities will need to know the meter readings at the start of the tenancy - the tenant isn't responsible for any fuel used before their tenancy commenced.

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          #5
          Take meter readings the day the tenancy starts - I write them on the inventory and get tenants to sign their acceptence of the readings.

          Contact each Utility company and council tax yourself, and provide readings/new tenant details and date they are responsible from. Follow up with email/letter for confirmation.

          You can do this on the day the tenants move in, no need for 2 weeks. The accounts up to that date will be your responsibility, and tenant's responsibility starts from then on.

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            #6
            Can't happen, mine has no Bathroom , only kidding, thank you solid advice, sounds like it came from lots of experience, have a nice weekend.

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              #7
              Thank You, The meter readings are on my check in list to do, which Tenant signs.

              Good advice on Utility's, that's this question answered.

              All will be fine, look on the bright side, it's Saturday nite , no more posting.

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                #8
                That's it in a nutshell

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