Energy bills and smart meters: a landlord's guide

Page created - 1 April 2021


With gas and electricity prices set to rise by an average of £96 a year, many landlords and tenants will be considering switching suppliers to find the best tariff possible for them in the coming months.

Many of the best deals are only available if the property has a smart meter installed, meaning that a change of meter may be attractive to the bill payer, whether that is the landlord or the tenant.

This guidance is aimed at providing landlords with information on what their rights and obligations are around energy bills. It covers a number of topics including:

  • Who is responsible for energy bills;
  • Energy resale requirements;
  • Whether or not tenants can switch suppliers;
  • Smart meters.

Who is responsible for paying the utility bills?

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