Getting a smart meter if you rent your property

The energy regulator, Ofgem, says that if you or your housemates pay the gas and electricity bills, you can get a smart meter installed, even if you rent your home.

You should check your tenancy agreement first, though. Sometimes these can include:

  • restrictions on making changes to the meter
  • information about the types of meter you’re allowed to install
  • a note about asking permission before you change the existing meter

Even if your tenancy agreement says you don’t need to ask for permission, it’s still a good idea to let the property owner or agent know beforehand. If you need a hand with what to say, we've written an email you can download and use:

If the property owner pays the gas and electricity bills as part of your rental agreement, it’s their decision on whether or not to get smart meters installed.

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