January 28

How To Set Up Utility Accounts

How To Set Up Your Utility Accounts, First-Time Tenant Or Not

As a tenant, you are responsible for setting up your utility accounts. This includes gas, electricity, council tax, TV licence, water, and internet. Here is a guide on how to set up each account. 

As part of your Tenancy agreement, you are required to undertake care and maintenance of the property and this includes setting up your utility accounts.  The video and the tips below will give you a general guide for setting up your utility accounts.

Thanks to for the video on what utility accounts you need to set up as a tenant.

Council Tax

For council tax, you will need to inform the local council and they will bill you accordingly. The amount you pay will depend on the value of your property and the services you receive from the local council. 


You have two options for your gas account: pay-as-you-go or monthly billing under your name. Pay-as-you-go is where you get a utility card for your electricity or gas and top it up now and then. With monthly billing, you will be billed every quarter which you can pay every month.


Similar to gas, you have the option of pay-as-you-go or monthly billing under your name for your electricity. Again, the majority of Britons choose to pay monthly via direct debit.


Most times, you will be charged a flat rate monthly or annually for water. This is typically included in your rent so be sure to check with your landlord or rental agent first. 

TV Licence

A TV licence is optional if you do not have a TV. However, if you do have one, the charges will depend on your provider. 


To set up an internet account, you will need to call up and apply for an account (minimum of 12 to 18 months). The amount you pay will depend on your provider and the speed of your internet connection. 

It Won’t Be Easy But Your Utility Accounts Is Part Of Your Tenant Responsibilities

Creating your utility accounts isn't simple but it is a pretty straightforward process. Once you have set up your accounts, you will need to ensure that you keep on top of any payments that are due. 

Maintaining your utilities is part of your responsibility to the property as a tenant and being inconsistent with your payments will negatively impact your stay. We hope this guide helped you understand how to set up your utility accounts. 


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