Student accommodation in Sheffield - utility bills

WHAT BILLS SHOULD WE BUDGET FOR?

Hide Answer The 3 main bills you will have to budget for are Gas, Electricity & Water. Additionally, there may be a TV license to buy per household and then any broadband or TV packages you may opt for. As a student you are exempt from Council Tax.
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HOW DO I ORGANISE THE UTILITY SERVICES AND BILLS WHEN I MOVE IN TO OUR CAPLAND PROPERTY?

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1. When you move in to your accommodation take a meter reading for Gas, Electricity & Water. The details of where your meters are situated will be in the front of your house manual, underneath the kitchen sink. The manual also contains a large plastic key which opens the gas & electric meter cabinets if your meters are located outside.

2. Many houses do not have water meters and water is billed at a set amount dependent on the size & location of the property. Generally, students without a meter pay around £1 per person per week for water. Accommodation with water meters will pay for the amount of water actually used plus a standing charge.

3. If you have any problems at all locating your meters and taking readings you can call Capland for help.

4. You then need to call the relevant utility company and register the bill in you and your fellow housemates’ names. We advise having bills in all of your housemates’ names as you will all be equally responsible for their payment. You can call us to find out which company the previous tenants were using.

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CAN MY HOUSEMATES AND I CHOOSE OUR OWN SUPPLIERS?

Hide Answer Yes, you can choose your own supplier. We think it is a great idea to shop around and have provided links at the bottom of this page to some comparison websites.
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WHAT IF WE HAVE HAD A LARGER THAN EXPECTED BILL? WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

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Quite often bills are not based on actual meter readings, they are estimated. This can happen during the summer months if you are away and your meters are inside the property and cannot be accessed by a meter reader. You can tell from your bill if it is estimated/customer reading or an actual bill.

1. If you think this is the case read the meter yourself and compare the readings. There will be a telephone number on the bill that you can ring and give an actual reading. A revised bill will be prepared and sent out to you.

2. If the bill is based on an actual reading but is still very high you may have to look at how you are using energy. Lights left on, heating on too high, appliances left on standby, water left running whilst brushing teeth, boiling more water than you need in the kettle, they all add up so take a look around and see what you could be saving.

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WHAT ABOUT AT THE END OF THE TENANCY, HOW DO WE MAKE SURE ALL OUR BILLS ARE UP TO DATE?

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1. On the last day of your tenancy the last housemate/tenant leaving your accommodation should take final meter readings and phone them through to your utility suppliers. They should give the suppliers a forwarding address for the final bills to be sent to.

2. A receipt should be obtained as proof of payment of each of the utility bills. Capland Sheffield student accommodation require sight of both the final bill showing the meter reading up until the end of the tenancy and a receipt as proof of payment of final bills before deposits are released.

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WHEN DOES THE AGREEMENT COMMENCE?

Hide Answer 1 July 2014 until 30 June 2015 (Broom Street and William Street properties 14 June 2014 until 13 June 2015)
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HOW DO I ARRANGE PAYMENT OF THE UTILITY BILLS?

Hide Answer When you move in to a property you must take meter readings for gas, electricity and water (where applicable). You then have to register all utilities in your name and that of your fellow housemates, and give the companies the readings you have taken. Please see the section on our site entitled UTILITIES.
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WHY DO CAPLAND OFFER RENTAL NOT UTILITY BILLS?

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These packages do not offer value for money!

1. They vastly increase the costs to you by charging you regardless of whether the utility is used. Agents offering such packages add on an average £10 per week to each tenant’s rent for gas, electricity & water.

2. Detailed research of our student’s actual water, electricity and gas bills over the last year show on average students spend was around £6.71 per week at current market prices.

3. Why pay an agent for utilities you are not using? By avoiding an all inclusive package you can control you own usage and save. So, a group of 6 could save over £600 per year!

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