According to the latest data from the National Institute of Statistics for 2022, almost 20% of Spanish people live in rented accommodation. This percentage is increasing, especially in large cities and urban areas. The problem arises when your landlord provides you with electricity and/or gas from a supplier or with a tariff you don't think is the best for your lifestyle or consumption habits.
Before you sign the rental agreement
If you haven't signed your rental agreement yet, take a good look at the details.
Note that under the Urban Leases Act, the costs of individual utilities must be determined by meters and in any case payable by the tenant.
This means that the tenant is responsible for any consumption in the home and will have to pay for it. However, some contracts rule out changes of ownership or a change of supplier: Weigh up the pros and cons of accepting this type of clause in your contract.
Change of name on the electricity contract
If you have already signed the rental agreement, you can then change the name on the supply contract. Remember, this procedure is not mandatory: In come cases, the landlord provides the tenant with the utility bills for direct payment. However, many landlords ask their tenants to change the name on the contract, as this makes it easier for tenants to be responsible for their consumption in the event of non-payment.
Changing the name on the contract is also good for you as a tenant. It provides you with a number of additional options, such as direct control of consumption, the possibility of changing the tariff or maximum permitted power, or to apply for the Social Bonus.
Changing the name on the contract is easy and free. The new contract holder must take the initiative and provide the necessary documents required by the company.
Changing your electricity supplier
Changing the name on the contract allows you to change the supplier as well, which is a tenant's right. However, it is important to note there is an exception we mentioned at the start: if the lease agreement specifies otherwise, the tenant will not be able to change supplier. With this exception in mind, we will now explain how to change your supplier.
First of all, you have to be aware of how much energy you use every day. If you know the maximum power you need and the periods and days in which you use most, you'll have the information you need to choose the tariff that suits you best.
Once you've analysed the above, it's time to compare the different tariffs on the market, and determine the advantages and disadvantages of each. Once you've chosen your new supplier and tariff, you have to inform the landlord of the change. Finally, you have to make the change by gathering all the information the supplier may require from you.
With Endesa, you won't have to worry about anything else; we'll handle all the paperwork involved in changing your supplier completely free of charge, and you won't be left a single day without electricity or gas.
Things tenants should be aware of
When you rent a new home, it's important you take into account some aspects that can affect your electricity bills. We list the most important of these below.
The ideal maximum contracted power
When you rent a home, the maximum contracted power is one of the most important matters to analyse, as the previous tenants may have set a figure that does not meet your needs.
If the current maximum contracted power is too low for your daily consumption, your fuses are likely to blow. But if the contracted power is more than necessary, this will impact your electricity bill, as you will be paying more for something you don't need. So it's important to study carefully what maximum power you really need and make the necessary adjustments.
Gather together all your bills
Make sure you have them to hand, so that if you move again, you can prove to your landlord that you paid for your supply until the end of the contract. They will also be useful if you have to notify any change of supplier, tariff or contracted power.
The best climate control system
Depending on the climate of the area where you live, the traditional heating and cooling options are not necessarily the best. In today's market, there is a huge variety of possibilities for heating and air conditioning all the rooms, for all budgets. So if you have to, you can ask your landlord to identify and assess other options which can help you save on your electricity consumption.
Insulation is one of the most important factors
Home insulation is another important factor affecting energy efficiency in the home. It's important to know the present level of insulation and reach an agreement with your landlord on any change or improvement which may be needed.
Think about the efficiency of your appliances
If an appliance needs to be replaced at the landlord's expense, it's a good idea to suggest it should be as energy-efficient as possible to cut electricity costs. If you are responsible for buying the appliance, check the new labelling system for electrical appliances when making your choice.
If you decide to move to a different home, whether for rent or purchase, remember that you can take your contract with you wherever you go. You can then apply for a new supply contract, or just change the name on the contract. Endesa can advise you on all the steps to take.