Your landlord must pay all installation and initial connection costs for electricity, gas and oil supply. If there is a separate meter, you must pay for all other charges for these amenities, unless otherwise agreed. If there is no separate meter, your landlord must pay. Where bottled gas is provided, your landlord pays for the supply or hire of bottles, and you pay for the gas.
Your landlord must reimburse you:
- If you have paid the costs of any utilities for which your landlord is liable
- For any rates or taxes paid to a public authority that are not part of consumption charges for the service.
Read your tenancy agreement carefully and make sure you clearly understand who is responsible for paying utilities. Tenants in housing owned or subsidised by the government may be charged separately for expenses such as heating and laundry.