In the UK, the tenant is normally liable for utility bill payments though some landlords may choose to include some of these charges in the rent. The costs for gas, electricity and water may differ between providers.
Arranging utility services: You can use price comparison websites to help you decide on a provider, however, you may be restricted in the choice of providers available in your area. Some of the popular price comparison websites include Uswitch, Gocompare.com, and MoneySuperMarket.
Check with your landlord whether the property is currently being supplied with electricity, gas and water. If not, you should make supply agreements with the providers before moving into the property.
Paying for utility services: When you move into your property, you should make a note of the gas, electricity and water meter readings to ensure you are billed correctly. The independent consumer advice group, 'Which,' offer guidelines on how to get the cheapest utility tariffs.
You will usually receive a bill every three months, although you can also pay for your bills by monthly direct debit, straight from your bank account. Make sure you take a reading regularly (monthly) and alert your providers when you move out to ensure you do not overpay.
In the UK, you will often be required to show a recent utility bill as proof of residence. If you buy or rent a property together with a partner it is advisable, where possible, to sign up to providers under both of your names as this will help you to establish a UK credit history.