If you have never lived in privately rented accommodation before, keeping on top of all the new bills can be a challenge. It's really important to know what you need to pay and when, and to make sure everyone takes responsibility.
Unless you have a contract that includes all bills, you will usually need to pay for gas, electricity, phone/broadband, water, TV licence and contents insurance.
Keep a clear note of when each bill needs to be paid. Is it weekly, monthly, quarterly or a one off payment?
It's worth having a calendar in a communal space so that everything is clearly marked for everyone to see.
Try and make sure that everyone takes care of at least one bill. It can become overwhelming if one person takes on all the responsibility.
It is a good idea to have all the tenants' names on each bill, so that legal responsibility does not fall to one person, if people do not pay their fair share. That way everyone is encouraged to pay on time so that their credit score is not negatively affected.
Make sure you know where your gas and electricity meters are and submit regular readings to your utility companies. This should prevent any big shocks at the end of the tenancy!
You may wish to shop around and get the best deal for your utilities. You will probably need the permission of your landlord to change suppliers so check your contract and check directly with your landlord.
See our Energy Saving page for more information.