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Money Moral Dilemma: Should I tell my lodger he's using too much water and energy or increase rent?

edited 20 September at 5:34PM in House buying, renting & selling
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edited 20 September at 5:34PM in House buying, renting & selling
This week's MoneySaver who wants advice asks...

I let my spare room, with the rent including household bills as it makes life easier. However, my current lodger uses an insane amount of water - he takes 45-minute showers, and leaves the tap running when he's doing the dishes or shaving. I've left out a washing up bowl and plugs for him, but he hasn't taken the hint. As well as being wasteful, given the energy price rises (it's hot water he's using), it's becoming a financial issue too. Do I tell him to use less or should I put the rent up?

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