Gas and electric costs in HMO and other shared accommodation.
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2 months ago

Another member posted regarding putting a lockable cover over the heating thermostat so that tenants cannot put the heating up to ridiculously high levels. Setting it at 18 degrees C during summer and higher in winter. Might help but I have had tenants buy electric heaters and plug them in a socket in the room which they can easily hide away if they know they are having a visit from the landlord ! So in addition to the central heating they are also adding more heating costs via the electric heater.
I would like to know how other landlords cope with keeping consumption of gas and electric down to reasonable levels. The heating is usually the main culprit and the one most easily abused. Turning the thermostat up to a high setting will add £100's of pounds to the landlords gas costs each year. With utility prices constantly on the upwards path what are the best solutions where gas and elctric supplies are shared by multiple tenants ? I have no doubt this topic has been posted before but the bill for my HMO property which only has a two bedroom flat and two studios came to over £2000 last year and is likely to be substantially more this coming year because of the recent hike in energy costs.....

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