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Heating Bill/Insurance coverage when leaving the country

Hi all,

I have questions related to rented property and wondered if you could help!

We left our previous property last year. We have yet to receive the heating bill for 2017 and we haven't received anything for 2018. I assumed, since we had left, that the owners would want to wrap up our account so to speak. I would like to settle anything we might owe asap and told them this. Is there a deadline that the rental companies have to provide the heating cost statements? How else can I go about getting these statements?

Next question (sorry if this should be a separate thread?). We are leaving the country in a few months. We will be do the hand over of the property and leave within a week of that. If we have to pay for any damages in the property (we have private liability insurance) would we still be covered even if we have left? Our premium is all paid

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Old 23.01.2019, 22:04
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Re: Heating Bill/Insurance coverage when leaving the country

They have a year to settle your account & refund deposit.

Insurance should be valid for damage up to your departure / return of flat

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Hi all,

I have questions related to rented property and wondered if you could help!

We left our previous property last year. We have yet to receive the heating bill for 2017 and we haven't received anything for 2018. I assumed, since we had left, that the owners would want to wrap up our account so to speak. I would like to settle anything we might owe asap and told them this. Is there a deadline that the rental companies have to provide the heating cost statements? How else can I go about getting these statements?

Next question (sorry if this should be a separate thread?). We are leaving the country in a few months. We will be do the hand over of the property and leave within a week of that. If we have to pay for any damages in the property (we have private liability insurance) would we still be covered even if we have left? Our premium is all paid

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Re: Heating Bill/Insurance coverage when leaving the country

For the deposit it is one year roughly, but aren't there sometimes circumstances where by law they have up to 5 years for running costs, heating etc? I've known buildings to be about 3 years behind on accounting for those sorts of things.
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For the deposit it is one year roughly, but aren't there sometimes circumstances where by law they have up to 5 years for running costs, heating etc? I've known buildings to be about 3 years behind on accounting for those sorts of things.
The 5 year rule is correct however they need to return the deposit after 12 months so will usually manage to have bills finalised.
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Re: Heating Bill/Insurance coverage when leaving the country

It can be held for 12 months to cover heating and electric bills, but with the modern meters a reading can be done anytime. If you have an electronic counter in your apartment then the reading can be done immediately.

Same with electricity, there will be a meter, usually in the basement, where you can do the reading when you leave. Note the reading and have the landlord (or the agent) sign it as well. Usually the electric company comes within 24 hours so the account can be closed. At least they do with us.
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Same with electricity, there will be a meter, usually in the basement, where you can do the reading when you leave. Note the reading and have the landlord (or the agent) sign it as well. Usually the electric company comes within 24 hours so the account can be closed. At least they do with us.
Though electricity is often nothing to do with the landlord and is invoiced to each unit privately depending on who is living there.
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Though electricity is often nothing to do with the landlord and is invoiced to each unit privately depending on who is living there.



.....the meter is on the landlords' property !
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.....the meter is on the landlords' property !
Ours is on the communal property.

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Ours is on the communal property.
Ours is as well, next to the neighbours' one. And we don't have a landlord. Best way!
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Though electricity is often nothing to do with the landlord and is invoiced to each unit privately depending on who is living there.
Absolutely, what I was getting at was if you don't note the readings, and the account closed, the landlord, or the next tenant can be using your electricity and it's billed to you. Hence the importance of agreeing the reading when you leave.
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Re: Heating Bill/Insurance coverage when leaving the country

I read the meter myself on the first and last day of the contract and for the final one I communicated it via email to the electricity company. A few days later we got a bill for what we had used.
The next tenant has never been involved in the process. They wouldn't get their first bill until after at least a month, more likely three months, by which time any discrepancy would be hard to prove. It's up to a new tenant to do a reading if they want to know exactly where they stand on their first day.

Sometimes there can be no new tenant coming in after you leave in any case as the flat may be up for redecorating for a month etc. In these cases its important to do a final reading while you still have access, preferably on the last day of your contract.
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The 5 year rule is correct however they need to return the deposit after 12 months so will usually manage to have bills finalised.
Thanks for the info! I didn't know there was a 5 year rule! I find this odd but I guess that's neither here nor there ha. They released the deposit relatively quickly so it seems weird to me that they wouldn't have sorted out the heating/bills too. Anyway, now I know why this can be
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Thanks for the info! I didn't know there was a 5 year rule! I find this odd but I guess that's neither here nor there ha. They released the deposit relatively quickly so it seems weird to me that they wouldn't have sorted out the heating/bills too. Anyway, now I know why this can be
It can also go on trust. Our last one was released with in two weeks of the end of the contract, with a year's worth of running costs and calculations still pending. If you have good relations with the landlord, you can ask for a copy to be sent on to you when it is ready. This is what we have done and I said if we owe money we'll pay and vice versa if we are owed money back.
Years ago I had a deposit blocked for an entire year though after leaving. At which point you can ask the bank to release it, which I did. After one year they have to and without the consent of the landlord.
The running cost bills didn't come for another 18 months after that.
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