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5y, 9m agoPosted 5 years, 9 months ago
I'm sure some of you have seen my other rants on here, basically its another rant but I'm looking for some helpful comments on how to deal with it.

The problem has been ongoing for quite a while, a certain couple in the house believe they should have full control of the heating, and their choice is on from morning till past midnight (sometimes left on over night). They also insist the thermostat must be set to 20 and if i move it down they knock it up a few more degrees c.

I've had words with them. I said could you just ask me before putting on the heating, its a shared house. his reply was "I can put the heating on when ever i like, and don't move the thermostat it breaks the heating"

So for about 2 days they probably asked and toned down but now its going on all the time and whenever i turn it off they just turn it back on!

Bills were £160 for 1 month in Jan and none of us were there from the 1-10th. To me this is too high, i cant afford it.
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5y, 9m agoPosted 5 years, 9 months ago
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#1
Oh and the windows were wide open while they turned it on this morning, quite a waste
#2
take the fuse out
#3
Move out
#4
Make them pay more , tell them if they want the heating on more then they should pay more imo
#5
Where are you at uni? What other accomodation options are there? What deposit did you pay? Could you find someone to replace you in the house if you move out? Have you spoke to your landlord?

My friend was in a situation like this while we were at uni, the landlord told him if he wanted to move out then he would lose his deposit if he didnt find someone to replace himself. He ended up just moving out and losing his deposit as he decided the £250 he paid would be alot less than the share of bills he didnt agree with over the course of the year.
#6
ADZ1478
take the fuse out


would kill the hot water though :( i am tempted though and im stuck here til june then MIGHT be in halls with them next year. Guess half the problems would go but life sucks here
#7
Move out? Probably the only answer. Seriously if you knacker the boiler they will just use electric heaters so you will still end up paying unless your electric is seperately metered. If you do have seperate electric supplies and the system is pressurised then just keep releasing the pressure from the bleed valve on the radiator in your room, This will shut the heating down.
#8
Agreed. Offer them a set amount every month which is agreed to be fair and they pay the rest. They are only leaving it on all the time because others are footing the bill. Do energy companies have averages?? Maybe they could check your usage against the average to show how much more you are using.
#9
What did the bills come up to before they started doing that? Tell the couple that you will pay the amount you were before they started taking the **** and they can make up the rest themselves.
#10
dcx_badass
We have ours set to 23°c (as the room with the thermostat is always warmer than the others), some used to put it on loads but we've got them to only do it for about 2-3 hours a day (about 3 lots of an hour spread out), not had a bill since November though so no idea of the costs, probably a lot.

Anyway tell them you won't put money towards it if they keep it on that much as it's beyond a joke.


I dont have much choice, i have the bills in my name (thanks to the landlady). During a previous argument they wanted my gf to pay a 5th of the bills cos she comes up some weekend at that point i tried to change the names of the bills but i don't know if it worked. Its set up to a DD to my name still though.

I think having it at a high temp then only use it for an hr would be good but 20 degrees for like 8 hours straight is stupid. Im usually at uni when they turn it on anyway
#11
How many people are in the flat?

If theres other folk there, get a consensus cos i wouldnt pay for them to have it on constant especially if most the housemates werent there for a chunk of the month.
#12
Previous bills for Gas on the left and elec on the right (since september)

31 57
35 68
63 63
85 72
1 Like #13
tell them to stop being nesh and buy some fleeces
#14
dcx_badass
golemsmate
dcx_badass
We have ours set to 23°c (as the room with the thermostat is always warmer than the others), some used to put it on loads but we've got them to only do it for about 2-3 hours a day (about 3 lots of an hour spread out), not had a bill since November though so no idea of the costs, probably a lot.Anyway tell them you won't put money towards it if they keep it on that much as it's beyond a joke.
I dont have much choice, i have the bills in my name (thanks to the landlady). During a previous argument they wanted my gf to pay a 5th of the bills cos she comes up some weekend at that point i tried to change the names of the bills but i don't know if it worked. Its set up to a DD to my name still though. I think having it at a high temp then only use it for an hr would be good but 20 degrees for like 8 hours straight is stupid. Im usually at uni when they turn it on anyway

We have the bills in everyones name and pay them in cash at the post office. Just ring them, change the name on the bill (remove yours) tell them you want to pay cash by bank transfer and cancel the direct debit, when it next comes it will be in someone elses name without your details. Simple. Or tell them you are getting the bills cut off if they don't sort the **** out.


I threatened that when they said my gf should pay more, they were like no no theres no need but i made them sign a letter asking for their names to be added to the british gas account. Only issue is we safe around £5 a month through DD and other stuff like that.

Actually yes I will, i think someones just turned it back on while ive been typing this lol
#15
British gas told us we needed to send a letter with their names signed. I'll check if it went through if not do it on the phone, did they have to talk or could I just do it?
#16
I would simply cancel the direct debit and not pay the bills also issue a MCOL to the landlord and the couple.
banned#17
What thermostat and boiler do you have? On most there is an option to set the room thermostat to 18C or something by taking a jumper out of the thermostat this can not be changed then.

On the boiler there should be options to turn down the radiators this will save money, on some you can even set timers on the boiler as well.

For instance this one "The Honeywell T6360B1069 Model includes a tamper resistant cover and dial setting."

If you go to all the other radiators in the house (not the one with the thermostat in the room) and turn them off at the Lockshield valve, its the one where you have to use a screwdriver to take the cap off. Turn it off or almost off this will save money.

My wife keeps doing this, I just slap her and give her a sex ban. I would suggest slapping your house mates or tell the gas and electricity company you want to be cut off. Then let them sort out paying the bills and you pay them how ever much you see fit.


Edited By: lumoruk on Feb 20, 2011 15:22: ...
#18
Well if they want full control of the Heating, tell them that they have full control of paying the Bill, and that you will be getting yourself a little heater to use in your own room.
#19
Doc1978
Well if they want full control of the Heating, tell them that they have full control of paying the Bill, and that you will be getting yourself a little heater to use in your own room.

Yep the heater in the room sounds good to me8)
#20
Ouch.

This is my #1 hate about sharing with people. I don't mind the occasional **** friend, occasional **** music, occasional fight and argument about whatever, and the occasional scran going missing. But turning the heating up full and then going to bed (which I suspect isn't tiredness, more just their bodies shutting down in anticipation of multiple organ failure) is just criminal, and demanding a 50/50 split after you've sat in your room with your window open just trying to breathe should be a hanging offence.
#21
I have had 2 housemates like this in 3 years, one was a scammer though as we had a pre pay meter and we agreed to put £20 a month in, even in the summer months he had the gas heating on maximum and a large radiator like electric heater even if he was out of the house visiting family for the weekend and by the end he refused to even put £20 pers month in the meter, he did a runner owing the landlord about 5 months rent in the end too.

2nd was a nice guy but kept on whinging about how his country was hotter and he put the heating on for 16-18 hours a day so every other tenant was boiling(we didnt mind heating on but when you were sweating every day it was annoying) I remember once trying to have a conversation with him and he tried twisting it to make out that I only cared about myself as I wanted the heating on lower for less hours and he claimed "it didnt cost much"

The general replies I got from others was just to live with it or just get the person evicted.

I dont think Brittish Gas are correct since my landlord last year added me to utility bills without my permission and that was Brittish Gas.
#22
My daughter has the opposite problem - her housemates refuse to have any heating on and she is always freezing. I have even had to send her a slanket (cheap one from Amazon I saw on here!) just to try and keep her warm. It doesn't sound right that you should be the only one named on the bill - I just asked my daughter and she said she told her fuel company that they were students and all of them were responsible for the bill, and they put all their names on it, no question.
banned#23
Butterbean
My daughter has the opposite problem - her housemates refuse to have any heating on and she is always freezing.


You mean your daughter is the type of person the original poster is talking about lol
#24
Butterbean
My daughter has the opposite problem - her housemates refuse to have any heating on and she is always freezing. I have even had to send her a slanket (cheap one from Amazon I saw on here!) just to try and keep her warm. It doesn't sound right that you should be the only one named on the bill - I just asked my daughter and she said she told her fuel company that they were students and all of them were responsible for the bill, and they put all their names on it, no question.


I lived with someone like that too, he had the thermostat stuck at 7 degrees and even in the really bad snow just before christmas he refused to have it higher saying he was boiling hot(despite just wearing a t shirt) I turned the dial up to 12 and he went on about bills and how he was sweating etc.

EDIT : also have a friend who lives in a place with bills inclusive so doesnt have to worry about bills but all other 5 housemates are Polish and had the thermostat set to 30 degrees 24/7 EVEN IN MID SUMMER! so when me and other friends went round we felt like throwing up and fainting seconds after getting through door, and if he puts down the thermostat to like 15 degrees, within a few minutes they put it back up again!

How can anyone live so hot!

Edited By: ryouga on Feb 20, 2011 17:45
#25
ryouga
Butterbean
My daughter has the opposite problem - her housemates refuse to have any heating on and she is always freezing. I have even had to send her a slanket (cheap one from Amazon I saw on here!) just to try and keep her warm. It doesn't sound right that you should be the only one named on the bill - I just asked my daughter and she said she told her fuel company that they were students and all of them were responsible for the bill, and they put all their names on it, no question.


I lived with someone like that too, he had the thermostat stuck at 7 degrees and even in the really bad snow just before christmas he refused to have it higher saying he was boiling hot(despite just wearing a t shirt) I turned the dial up to 12 and he went on about bills and how he was sweating etc.

EDIT : also have a friend who lives in a place with bills inclusive so doesnt have to worry about bills but all other 5 housemates are Polish and had the thermostat set to 30 degrees 24/7 EVEN IN MID SUMMER! so when me and other friends went round we felt like throwing up and fainting seconds after getting through door, and if he puts down the thermostat to like 15 degrees, within a few minutes they put it back up again!

How can anyone live so hot!


I know nobody has said I'm not wanting the heating on, I've put it on for an hour. I wish people used it to its potential, on its off position you can hit a button called "extra hour" or "override" which will turn it on until otherwise. The people in my house love to put it on for an indefinant amount of time. I like a livable house but just at affordable costs :) I think the bills show how much its used lol

Its so difficult but didnt realise the people i moved in were so different than the person I knew. Halls were so easy in first year. Third year will be better. (i hope)
#26
michelleleemoo
tell them to stop being nesh and buy some fleeces

Lol @ nesh :D
[mod] 2 Likes #27
Walk around naked all the time and tell them it's the heat.

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