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Hi there,

I’ve been living in my property for 7 years, 2 years with my latest landlord and in all that time I’ve paid all the bills separately myself.

My tenancy agreement is up for renewal and my landlord is talking about renewing the rental price but incorporating the council tax and water rate bills into this payment.

Has anyone heard of this before or had any experience with it ? I don’t know why my landlord has decided that his name will be on these bills coming from his account after I’ve paid him rent each month.

Is there anything dodgy about this and should I just  say I will agree to a rise in rent but would like to keep the bills separate .

Thanks

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Hi Lisa

I’ve heard of rent including bills before, it’s not necessarily a scam. Perhaps the landlord needs proof of residence? The only thing I can think of is if the amount factored in to cover the bills ends up being more than the bills themselves then the landlord will make a profit. But I don’t imagine it would be a particularly large one. I should think you’re well within your rights to say no if you don’t want to do it. 

Alex

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