Am I responsible for my tenant's utility bill?

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    Am I responsible for my tenant's utility bill?

    My tenant abandoned the flat and left me with unpaid rent, big estate agent commission bill and a big utility bill. It is a leasehold flat. Now the landlord is chasing for the unpaid utility bill. Am I responsible for that?

    I informed the landlord about the tenancy and got their underlet agreement. But the tenant covenant has the following "the tenant....shall pay and indemnify the Land against all charges for the supply of water gas electricity drainage sewerage and telecommunication services to the Premises."

    Is there any way to get out of that?

    #2
    On a credit rather than a prepaid meter?

    Just tell the utility company the date they moved out, give them meter readings from that date aswell and then they should chase the ex T for the money.
    "I'm afraid I didn't do enough background checks apart from checking her identity on Facebook" - ANON

    What I say is based on my own experience and research - Please don't take as gospel without first checking the gospel yourself.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Wannadonnadoodah View Post

      Just tell the utility company the date they moved out, give them meter readings from that date aswell and then they should chase the ex T for the money.
      Oh that life could be so simple..........a lot of utility companies will pursue you the the landlord unless you can show a valid tenancy agreement and even then they will still try to get money out of you.



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        #4
        Originally posted by Interlaken View Post
        Oh that life could be so simple..........a lot of utility companies will pursue you the the landlord unless you can show a valid tenancy agreement and even then they will still try to get money out of you.
        Surely they can't do much if the supply isn't in your name?
        "I'm afraid I didn't do enough background checks apart from checking her identity on Facebook" - ANON

        What I say is based on my own experience and research - Please don't take as gospel without first checking the gospel yourself.

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          #5
          Why is your landlord involved? What sort of contract do you have with him & are utilities included?

          Who's name is on the bill & is it electric, gas or water, please
          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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            #6
            Why is your landlord involved? What sort of contract do you have with him & are utilities included?

            Who's name is on the bill & is it electric, gas or water, please
            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
              Thanks all.

              I have the tenancy agreement. I wrote email to inform the supplier about the tenancy and the bill was in my tenant name.

              The supplier seems to have a contract with my landlord. They escalate all the unsettled bill to the landlord. The landlord points out the Tenant Covenant in our underlease, which reads "the tenant....shall pay and indemnify the Land against all charges for the supply of water gas electricity drainage sewerage and telecommunication services to the Premises."

              I know normal utility company chases whoever names on the bill. I don't know whether I can get out of the awful situation.

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                #8
                qcyshh:

                Can we please just check what is going on?? You(U) have a landlord (?Freeholder)(L) with whom you have a contract - yes??

                That contract with your landlord is for how long - 6 months, 12 months, 99 years??

                You have a tenancy agreement with your tenant (T) - yes??

                How long is the tenancy agreement between you & your tenant (U & T) for ?? 6 months, 12 months??

                And the utility bill is in the name of Tenant, T??
                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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                  #9
                  theartfullodger,

                  The lease is 999 year between the landlord (freeholder) and me (leaseholder).l There is Tenant Covenant with the lease. To the landlord, I am the tenant.

                  The tenancy between my tenant, T, and me lasts for 2 year. The utility bill is under T's name.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Wannadonnadoodah View Post
                    Surely they can't do much if the supply isn't in your name?
                    One would think so - but I and other landlords who have used Southern Electric in the past have experienced bullying attempts to make us pay the accounts of non paying tenants - even when a valid tenancy agreement has been produced.

                    I was threatened with a charge being put on the property as a debt if I did not pay up. Trying to speak to someone who knows what they are legally allowed to do is often a problem in an organisation like that as you can't get past the line manager.

                    For this reason I no longer use or permit my tenants to buy fuel from that company. (Actually I think I have been banned from holding an account with them - I never did pay up money I did not owe but it did get nasty.)



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

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