Bills

If the cost of the bills is not included in the rent, then the tenants are responsible for paying them; gas, electricity, water.  The day you move in, take the gas and electricity meter readings and pass them on to the suppliers.  If you don't do this you could end up paying the previous tenants bills.  If you don't know who is supplying these services ring the following numbers.

Gas

To obtain details of your Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) or gas supplier call 08706 081524

Electricity

To obtain details of your electricity supplier, call the Meter Point Admin Service:  0845 50159721

Water

All enquiries about water supply should be made to Welsh Water 0800 0520145

It is usually possible to have more than one name on the bills.  If only one person signs for the supply, then that person is liable to pay the bills. Make sure you are not the only person on the utilities contracts.    

Setting up an account for utilities

It is usually possible to have more than one name on the bills. If only one person signs for the supply, then that person is liable to pay the bills. Make sure you are not the only person on the utilities contracts.

Changing Supplier

You may want to investigate changing supplier by using websites like uSwitch. Before you make a decision, check the terms of your tenancy about changing supplier.  And check with the utility company that you are not tied in for a minimum period which is longer than the tenancy

Remember - fuel is expensive, so budget carefully and use energy efficiently. Get energy saving advice here

Media and broadband services 

Shop around for the best deal and always check the terms and conditions of the contract.  For some services you may need your landlord’s permission. 

TV Licence

You must be covered by a valid TV Licence if you watch or record television programmes as they're being shown on TV. It makes no difference what equipment you use - whether it’s a laptop, PC, games console, mobile phone, digital box, DVD recorder or a TV set - you still need a licence.

 If you do any of the above without a valid licence, you risk prosecution and a maximum penalty of up to £1,000, plus any legal costs and/or compensation you may be ordered to pay. You will also still have to buy a TV Licence if you need one.

Contents Insurance

Your landlord is responsible for insuring the premises and his belongings, but you are responsible for insuring your personal possessions.  Student houses are prime targets for opportunistic thieves.  Shop around for the best insurance deals.