Utility Bills and Council Tax Explained

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When new tenants arrive at the property, the first thing to do is take meter readings for the electricity, gas and water. They then need to call the preferred utility company/supplier and set up an account with them. Please find below some utility companies to choose from. We do not recommend any one company and will leave it to the individual tenant to choose.
Who is my gas supplier? There are various services to use to find out the current supplier. These include; Meter point administrations online service, Find my supplier, or the Meter point telephone administration service. The telephone number is 0870-6081524
Who is my electricity supplier? To find out which electricity supplier supplies the property contact the local electricity distribution company or use the Energy Association postcode search tool. This can be found on www.energynetworks.org and there is a post code finder that will tell you who the suppliers are etc.

Gas & Electric Companies

British Gas
0800 048 0202
0800 111 999
Southern Electric
0800 107 9639
0800 316 9331
0345 052 0000
Scottish Power
0800 027 0404
If you have any queries about gas supply, you can call Southern Gas Networks on 0845 070 1431


Southern Water 0845 270 1508 www.southernwater.co.uk

Council Tax

Also, the Council need to be made aware that the property has tenants so new tenants need to call them and set up an account. Telephone number: 01273 290000. If you wish to know more about the rules of Council Tax please refer to our previous article on our website – https://harringtonslettings.co.uk/council-tax-do-you-know-the-rules/

Council tax for students

It is important that if you are a student and you are full time that you inform the local authority of this.
It is not automatic that you would be entitled to not pay any council tax. There are exemptions for students, but each individual council is different. It is important that you apply to the local authority for any exemption that you may be entitled to.
We enclose below a link to the local authority for Brighton and Hove Council which will explain what you need to do. It is important that you register with council tax immediately you move into the property.
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