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Switching homes

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Sncjw
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Hi 

I will be moving g some things into the new house tommorow. I currently rent a flat. I may need water in the flat until I hand the keys back as I will have to come back and clean up. 

Can I switch now or wait until I hand keys back. 

Also will my bill go up or down as it’s just gone down this month by £10. 
Mortgage free wannabe 

Actual mortgage stating amount £75,150

Overpayment start date 1/3/23.

Starting balance £66,565.45

Current balance £63,787.16

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  • Hasbeen
    Hasbeen Posts: 4,404 Forumite
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    edited 29 April 2020 at 9:10AM
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    Sncjw said:
    Hi 

    I will be moving g some things into the new house tommorow. I currently rent a flat. I may need water in the flat until I hand the keys back as I will have to come back and clean up. 

    Can I switch now or wait until I hand keys back. 

    Also will my bill go up or down as it’s just gone down this month by £10. 
    When you move in to your new house you contact all new providers, Water, Gas and electric to register as new customer. You supply all with appropriate readings.

    You are responsible for all usage in your old flat until you hand keys back/tenancy ends. Give all old providers readings to get final bills.


    The world is not ruined by the wickedness of the wicked, but by the weakness of the good. Napoleon
  • Robin9
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    There is a world of difference between a flat and a house. Typical figures for a modern gas heated house is 10000kwh for gas and 3000kwh for elec. Water may not be much difference if you are already on a meter
    Never pay on an estimated bill. Always read and understand your bill
  • Sncjw
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    The flat is unmetered 
    Mortgage free wannabe 

    Actual mortgage stating amount £75,150

    Overpayment start date 1/3/23.

    Starting balance £66,565.45

    Current balance £63,787.16

  • Robin9
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    Is your new house metered ? If so it may be cheaper.
    Never pay on an estimated bill. Always read and understand your bill
  • Kitchen_Sink
    Kitchen_Sink Posts: 230 Forumite
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    Sncjw said:
    Hi 

    I will be moving g some things into the new house tommorow...
    I don't know where you've been, but the current government instruction is to:

    Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives!

    https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/03/home-buyers-and-renters-urged-to-delay-property-moves/

  • Cardew
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    Sncjw said:
    Can I switch now or wait until I hand keys back.
    What do you mean by 'switch'?
    You have no choice with water - you use the company that supplies the house. If it is the same company, you start a new account from the moment you become responsible for the house; and close the account with the flat when you hand in the keys.

  • Talldave
    Talldave Posts: 2,002 Forumite
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    Sncjw said:
    Hi 

    I will be moving g some things into the new house tommorow...
    I don't know where you've been, but the current government instruction is to:

    Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives!

    https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/03/home-buyers-and-renters-urged-to-delay-property-moves/

    And if you're in the process of moving between two homes, both of which you have exclusive access to - what's wrong with moving things between the two of them?

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    Talldave said:
    Sncjw said:
    Hi 

    I will be moving g some things into the new house tommorow...
    I don't know where you've been, but the current government instruction is to:

    Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives!

    https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/03/home-buyers-and-renters-urged-to-delay-property-moves/

    And if you're in the process of moving between two homes, both of which you have exclusive access to - what's wrong with moving things between the two of them?


    It's illegal!
  • matelodave
    matelodave Posts: 8,649 Forumite
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    I would think that moving house, even in this situation is acceptable - even the most pedantic wouldn't expect someone to pay rent on one and mortgage or rent on a second home just to maintain a lock down.

    As said above whilst you are still in possession of the keys your are still responsible for all the utilities, gas, waster, leccy, phone etc until you either move out or move in. You cannot swap water bills, you close the account in the old place and open another one at the new address. It's the same with gas, leccy and usually the phone/broadband.

    With gas and leccy you cannot take your existing account with you either, you'll be in a deemed contract with the provider at the new address and you must read the meters and open an account with them on the day you move in otherwise you'll end up having problems in the future and could end up paying for the leccy, gas and water from the last people who were there.

    Likewise when you hand the keys back from the old place make sure you read all the meters and notify the suppliers immediately otherwise you'll end up paying for the next tenant's utilities

    TIP - keep a note of all the meter reading and make sure you do end up with final bills from the old place and opening statements for the new one - If you don't do it properly you can have a lot of grief in the future as attested by the number of problems flagged up in this forum (even years later, you have been warned)
    Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers
  • Talldave
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    Talldave said:
    Sncjw said:
    Hi 

    I will be moving g some things into the new house tommorow...
    I don't know where you've been, but the current government instruction is to:

    Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives!

    https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/03/home-buyers-and-renters-urged-to-delay-property-moves/

    And if you're in the process of moving between two homes, both of which you have exclusive access to - what's wrong with moving things between the two of them?


    It's illegal!
    Can you be more precise on exactly what law is broken if someone moves items on their own between two homes as part of a move?

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