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Final month utility bills

Could anyone share on the forum how to deal with final month utility bills like electricity, water if one is leaving the country? Usually these bills do not show up until 1-2 months after the actual usage period.

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Old 01.03.2016, 12:30
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Re: Final month utility bills

If you rent, speak with the landlord/agency and get them to arrange reading the meters. If you own, you do it
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Talk to your utility providers a few months in advance of leaving!
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Re: Final month utility bills

What often works is to photocopy the "leaving certificate" the Gemeinde or Commune give you, and give this copy with your next address to the utility company. They can then send you the final bill which you can pay from your new foreign country by money transfer. Isn't it amazing how many facets there are to a modern life?
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If you rent, speak with the landlord/agency and get them to arrange reading the meters. If you own, you do it
Thank you for the reply. Yes, I can do that. But usually my agency is not very helpful in these matters. They say talk to the utility company directly. I will do that. But wanted to know what is the usual trend.

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Talk to your utility providers a few months in advance of leaving!
Yes, but I was told that they usually ask for departure document that is issued by the commune. And I cannot get it until 2-3 weeks before my actual departure date.

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What often works is to photocopy the "leaving certificate" the Gemeinde or Commune give you, and give this copy with your next address to the utility company. They can then send you the final bill which you can pay from your new foreign country by money transfer. Isn't it amazing how many facets there are to a modern life?
Yes, this sounds logical. Thank you for the tip. Yes, modern comforts come with a small price of management

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Yes, but I was told that they usually ask for departure document that is issued by the commune. And I cannot get it until 2-3 weeks before my actual departure date.
Depends on the community it is possible up to 6 weeks ahead
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Depends on the community it is possible up to 6 weeks ahead
True but the issue is from my side. I may not know the exact departure date until 2-3 weeks before.
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What often works is to photocopy the "leaving certificate" the Gemeinde or Commune give you, and give this copy with your next address to the utility company. They can then send you the final bill which you can pay from your new foreign country by money transfer. Isn't it amazing how many facets there are to a modern life?
For paying bills later and depending on your nationality you may organise with your bank to keep your account for a few months to allowing paying bills and any refunds from providers. Once all sorted you then close the account by letter
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Re: Final month utility bills

Once we contacted the Electric company, they were able to send someone out the day before to read meter and add an amount for next day, we were able to pay the person cash there and then and get a receipt, that we gave to the Landlord - he was happy with that.
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For paying bills later and depending on your nationality you may organise with your bank to keep your account for a few months to allowing paying bills and any refunds from providers. Once all sorted you then close the account by letter
From what I gathered from others, with my visa status, I may not be able to keep my bank account once I leave the country. So I have to close it before leaving.

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Once we contacted the Electric company, they were able to send someone out the day before to read meter and add an amount for next day, we were able to pay the person cash there and then and get a receipt, that we gave to the Landlord - he was happy with that.
This is interesting. Will see if this is possible for me. Saves trouble of following up once I leave the country. Thank you.

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From what I gathered from others, with my visa status, I may not be able to keep my bank account once I leave the country. So I have to close it before leaving.
As I said depends on nationality, sounds like you may be american, i know it is possible but you need to talk to your bank not people on here!

The bank wil give you a definte answer people on EF can only give an opinion and not always correct
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Re: Final month utility bills

if you are using UBS internet banking , best way to tackle is to change the payment option and register for e-bills , whenever bill will be generated you will receive a notification in your register email id and just pay by approving the bill . thanks
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