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    Hey guys,

    So I've just finished my academic year and I'm moving back home this weekend. The contract for the student house ends in September, and so my other two house mates have chosen to stay. One is staying because he has an internship and the other is looking for one. We only have electric bills - so no gas bills, and we're with SSE.

    So my question is, how much exactly do I pay of the electric bill after I move out? Is it still a 1/3? I've told them that I shouldn't have to pay anything, because I wouldn't be here to be using any electricity - but they made a fair point by saying that the boiler is still running and so is the fridge. I'm still paying for broadband and water, since that's a fixed price. However, what do you guys think about the electric bill, how much of that should I pay after I've moved out?

    Thanks a lot.
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    (Original post by goldensnypa)
    Hey guys,

    So I've just finished my academic year and I'm moving back home this weekend. The contract for the student house ends in September, and so my other two house mates have chosen to stay. One is staying because he has an internship and the other is looking for one. We only have electric bills - so no gas bills, and we're with SSE.

    So my question is, how much exactly do I pay of the electric bill after I move out? Is it still a 1/3? I've told them that I shouldn't have to pay anything, because I wouldn't be here to be using any electricity - but they made a fair point by saying that the boiler is still running and so is the fridge. I'm still paying for broadband and water, since that's a fixed price. However, what do you guys think about the electric bill, how much of that should I pay after I've moved out?

    Thanks a lot.
    At least the fixed part of the electricity bill.
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    (Original post by jelly1000)
    At least the fixed part of the electricity bill.
    Well what do you mean by "at least". I'm trying to understand if I should be paying part of the usage electric bill or not. And what would you define as a fixed part of the electric bill?
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    When you took out the contract did you know it would be until September 2015? If yes then it's your responsibility to pay.


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    (Original post by HygieneTherapy15)
    When you took out the contract did you know it would be until September 2015? If yes then it's your responsibility to pay.
    Yes, I agreeeeee, but how much of it should I pay? Haha. That's my question.
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    (Original post by goldensnypa)
    Yes, I agreeeeee, but how much of it should I pay? Haha. That's my question.
    There's three of you so a third. it's obvious.
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    (Original post by goldensnypa)
    Well what do you mean by "at least". I'm trying to understand if I should be paying part of the usage electric bill or not. And what would you define as a fixed part of the electric bill?
    By at least I meant I think thats the absolute minimum you should pay, but really I would agree with HygieneTherapy15 that you are liable for one third of the bill total until the end of the contract.
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    (Original post by jelly1000)
    By at least I meant I think thats the absolute minimum you should pay, but really I would agree with HygieneTherapy15 that you are liable for one third of the bill total until the end of the contract.
    Well that sucks, okay then. Thanks a bunch, guys.
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    Guys I agreed to pay a third towards a bill until September. How much should I actually pay though.
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    (Original post by goldensnypa)
    Well that sucks, okay then. Thanks a bunch, guys.
    I've paid bills over summer for a house I wasn't living in- its in most contracts that we are liable for bills and at the end of the day I chose to go home, I could have stayed in the house.
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    (Original post by goldensnypa)
    Well that sucks, okay then. Thanks a bunch, guys.
    Is there a meter so you know how much you've used until now? If you can find that out then see if you can agree with your housemates so that you pay a third of this amount. It's down to you and your housemates how you split it, the utility company won't care as long as they get the money.

    I agree that you shouldn't have to pay for something you won't be using at all for the next three months.
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    (Original post by jameswhughes)
    Is there a meter so you know how much you've used until now? If you can find that out then see if you can agree with your housemates so that you pay a third of this amount. It's down to you and your housemates how you split it, the utility company won't care as long as they get the money.

    I agree that you shouldn't have to pay for something you won't be using at all for the next three months.
    Yes, that was the plan. Before I move out (this sunday) I was going to record the meter readings and submit that to SSE. And then split the bill between the three of us. Everything after that I thought would be split between the two of them, but I don't know. I am essentially not living here for the rest of the contract, which is the remaining of May, June, July and August.
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    (Original post by goldensnypa)
    Yes, I agreeeeee, but how much of it should I pay? Haha. That's my question.
    You should pay the same amount as you've been paying all year. The house is still there for you, but you chose to go home.


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    (Original post by goldensnypa)
    Yes, that was the plan. Before I move out (this sunday) I was going to record the meter readings and submit that to SSE. And then split the bill between the three of us. Everything after that I thought would be split between the two of them, but I don't know. I am essentially not living here for the rest of the contract, which is the remaining of May, June, July and August.
    Yeah, that seems fair, I don't see why they wouldn't agree to that unless they're unreasonable. The utility bill for the next three months should be less as there's only two of them in the house, and you shouldn't have to subsidize it if you're not there at all.
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    (Original post by HygieneTherapy15)
    You should pay the same amount as you've been paying all year. The house is still there for you, but you chose to go home.


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    If he's not going to be in the house, then he's not using any of the utilities.
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    (Original post by jameswhughes)
    Yeah, that seems fair, I don't see why they wouldn't agree to that unless they're unreasonable. The utility bill for the next three months should be less as there's only two of them in the house, and you shouldn't have to subsidize it if you're not there at all.
    That's what I was thinking. But since a few people here have mentioned that I am liable to pay a third of the bill according to the contract, I'm a little confused. Does that mean that I need to rely on their generosity to be reasonable to the situation? Because technically they can enforce the terms of the contract on me?
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    (Original post by goldensnypa)
    That's what I was thinking. But since a few people here have mentioned that I am liable to pay a third of the bill according to the contract, I'm a little confused. Does that mean that I need to rely on their generosity to be reasonable to the situation? Because technically they can enforce the terms of the contract on me?
    Yeah, there's no formal arrangement so as the house contract is still in your name you would technically be liable for a portion of the bills.

    However, given that you're not going to be there, it would be quite unreasonable for your other two housemates make you pay for what's going to be entirely their electricity usage, and they should pay half each for the usage after you've left.
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    (Original post by jameswhughes)
    Yeah, there's no formal arrangement so as the house contract is still in your name you would technically be liable for a portion of the bills.

    However, given that you're not going to be there, it would be quite unreasonable for your other two housemates make you pay for what's going to be entirely their electricity usage, and they should pay half each for the usage after you've left.
    Alright, thanks a bunch for the clarification.
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    (Original post by jameswhughes)
    However, given that you're not going to be there, it would be quite unreasonable for your other two housemates make you pay for what's going to be entirely their electricity usage, and they should pay half each for the usage after you've left.
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    However, given that you're not going to be there, it would be quite unreasonable for your other two housemates make you pay for what's going to be entirely their electricity usage, and they should pay half each for the usage after you've left.[/QUOTE]

    I would disagree with this if the housemates signed the contract on the basis that bills would be split three ways for the duration. If the OP is choosing to leave early and is not finding a replacement, then he should still contribute towards the electric bill as the house is still there for him and things like the fridge and router still need to be paid for.

    How much would be open for discussion though. I think £10 a month is fair if the bill is more than £30 per month. Otherwise, 1/3 wouldn't be too bad.




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    I moved out of my student house I'm January, yet I'm still paying my equal share of bills/rent until June (so much money and I'm now in thousands of debt but anyway)

    If you signed the contract and it mentions the bills you are liable to pay it until the contract runs out whether or not you're there. If not, then you could read the Meter or talk to your landlord/housemates and come up with an agreement.

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