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    I rent a house with 4 other students but have been living away for the past 3 months as I have been on a placement. I pay the rent and my share of the water bill and wifi bill. The gas and electric is topped up via a meter and it was agreed we would pay £30 on a rota basis. However since I have been away I have paid £15 top up instead of £30. I feel this is fair as I am not there to use the hot water for showers etc or to use the electricity for cooking and laundry. The other housemates disagree and insist I pay the full amount as they argue that the house still has to be heated. Any advice?
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    (Original post by Sherlock1)
    I rent a house with 4 other students but have been living away for the past 3 months as I have been on a placement. I pay the rent and my share of the water bill and wifi bill. The gas and electric is topped up via a meter and it was agreed we would pay £30 on a rota basis. However since I have been away I have paid £15 top up instead of £30. I feel this is fair as I am not there to use the hot water for showers etc or to use the electricity for cooking and laundry. The other housemates disagree and insist I pay the full amount as they argue that the house still has to be heated. Any advice?
    That's more than fair since you aren't using it, they seem stubborn and wouldn't make up for the shortfall either way.
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    I think £15 is more than fair. If no one was there there would still be some bills to pay (i.e. the daily charge and yes a small amount to stop the pipe freezing etc) but I think you will have covered that fine by paying £15 - there's no reason you should be covering their heating use.
 
 
 
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