Smart meters allow renters and landlords to see what gas and electricity has been used with accuracy down to the hour. You can always see what you owe, and there is no confusion when bills are being settled. Smart meters are ideal for families, so that consumption doesn’t go overboard and you can save money to pay for more important family things.
As a landlord, you should know that your tenant can ask for a smart meter to be fitted, and they do not need your permission to get the meter fitted. This is only true, however, if they pay the bills.
Bills can be stressful if you are renting. It can be hard to know how much you owe when you leave the property, or how to divide bills between flatmates. Smart meters help to end this confusion, detecting gas and electricity used each hour. If you pay the bills, why not have a conversation about smart meters with your landlord? It is your right to ask for one, but you may feel reluctant to make changes to the property or your rental agreement.
A smart meter will he helpful to you as a landlord, as your tenants can use the smart meter display to see what gas and electricity they are using. You will get accurate bills from your energy supplier, and know who owes what, due to accurate mater readings. Whereas in a flat share, the tenants as a group may owe you, smart meters allow you to identify exactly who owes you what. There will be no ‘bill shock’ for your tenants when bills come in at the end of the month, as they will be able to see on the meter what they are using as and when they are using it. Smart meters also help your tenants save energy, as they can see exactly what they are using. Another option is card meters for landlords.
As bill payers, your tenants are able to ask for and get a smart meter fitted with or without your agreement. Therefore, it is advised that you inform yourself of all the benefits associated with smart meters and how a smart meter will affect your property and rent agreement.