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.