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GoldenholmeGoldenholme Forumite
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does anyone know if you get reduced water charges on an empty property. My mum has been in a home since October and I’m trying to sort everything out regarding her now, empty home.

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  • freeshafreesha Forumite
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    Most companies will close the account so no one is billed, as long as you are not using ANY water, i.e. not even for loo flushes/cups of tea when you check on the house.
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    Rodders53Rodders53 Forumite
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    edited 26 January at 3:34PM
    No use asking here - go read the Water company's website or ask them about the situation?

    Get a water meter installed?  No water use = standing charge only. New owners (if/when you sell the house) will have to have one anyway.

    When the in-Laws died their water co were very good and 'allowed' up to 10 cubic metres use with no charge at all from the date of death to sale of the house.  It was already metered, though.

  • freeshafreesha Forumite
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    Rodders53 said:
    New owners (if/when you sell the house) will have to have one anyway.

    Not all water companies are doing this at the mo
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    freesha said:
    Rodders53 said:
    New owners (if/when you sell the house) will have to have one anyway.

    Not all water companies are doing this at the mo
    But they will when they want to and there'll be no saying no to one for the new owner.
    Your comment doesn't help the OP in any way - unless you were meaning to warn them that a meter might not be fitted on request at the moment?  But as you say not all are not fitting them...
  • freeshafreesha Forumite
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    Rodders53 said:
    freesha said:
    Rodders53 said:
    New owners (if/when you sell the house) will have to have one anyway.

    Not all water companies are doing this at the mo
    But they will when they want to and there'll be no saying no to one for the new owner.
    Your comment doesn't help the OP in any way - unless you were meaning to warn them that a meter might not be fitted on request at the moment?  But as you say not all are not fitting them...
    Why so defensive? Yes of course they will at some stage, and rightly so. I'm just pointing out that it isn't a given at the moment, depending on who the supplier is.
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