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    8 weeks arrears utilities!

    Can you put utilities on court papers and does it count as 8 weeks arrears? What are the rules with outstanding utilities?

    #2
    The utilities bills are a matter for the tenant and the supplier. They are not rent or rent arrears.

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      #3
      Utilities bills

      Originally posted by sound
      Can you put utilities on court papers and does it count as 8 weeks arrears? What are the rules with outstanding utilities?

      Utilities bills are between the person named on the bill "account holder" and the Tenant, nothing to do with a LL.

      How do you know there is 8 weeks arrears on the utilities !
      Thunderbirds are go

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        #4
        We are a landlord of a HMO and we charge the tenants the utilities accordingly.

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          #5
          Originally posted by sound View Post
          We are a landlord of a HMO and ....
          Who or what is "we" please??? ....
          .....we charge the tenants the utilities accordingly.
          Can you prove what you "charge" is actually (eg there are individual meters) what the tenant used?? If not unlikely to be enforceable, possibly unlawful.


          IMHO either individual room meters or a simple weekly/monthly charge including utilities.

          Is the rent payable 4-weekly?? (according to tenancy agreement)?? Is it a licensable HMO??
          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
            A lot of AST contracts say that the deposit may be used for paying off arrears of utilities. The one I bought does I think. If so then it is curious if that clause is not enforceable, as posts above suggest.

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              #7
              There are laws about how much & at what rates electricity & gas may be charged to tenants.

              My point was could they prove the charge was what tenant had used.
              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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                #8
                Originally posted by EthicalMan View Post
                A lot of AST contracts say that the deposit may be used for paying off arrears of utilities. The one I bought does I think. If so then it is curious if that clause is not enforceable, as posts above suggest.
                Why? There are many unenforceable clauses in many 'standard' off-the-shelf tenancy agreements which aren't enforceable...

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                  #9
                  I have moved away from charging bills seperately in my HMO recently and now rent is 'all inclusive' after one poor tenant. I had visions of him claiming his unpaid rent were in fact mainly unpaid bills. Luckily he moved out after s21 so it never got that far.

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