I'm renting for the first time- how do I know how much my utility bills will be?
If you've not rented before it can be difficult to anticipate how much your utility bills will be. By law, rented properties need to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which you can ask to see. The certificate gives an energy efficiency rating for the property, an estimate of what the energy costs will be and will also suggest improvements which could be made to make the property more energy efficient.
You could also ask the estate agent if they could speak to the current tenants to find out what they pay each month or ask friends who rent or own similar sized properties what their bills are each month. There are also websites which can help you guesstimate what your utility bills could be.
If you find that your bills are significantly higher than you expect you may be able to discuss this with your landlord to see if they are willing to make any improvements to the property.
3rd July 2015
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