More than 20% of Spaniards live in rented properties and many of them share a flat with others. This is an upward trend, which also enables certain expenses to be shared, such as utility bills.
Sharing a flat without clarifying these issues first, is sure to lead to arguments that can ruin the whole experience of living together. As soon as you meet, it is worth everyone involved (the landlord and the tenants) agreeing on the following issues.
What does the landlord have to pay?
The Law enables the landlord and tenants to agree on how to distribute a series of expenses. But it is essential to pay attention to the flat rental agreement, because the terms of this agreement are fully enforceable.
But if the agreement does not state anything (or if you are not sure what to include), the following is normal and fair:
- Tenants pay utility expenses for the items used by them (electricity, gas, water…).
- The owner tends to pay for insurance, Real Estate Tax and other taxes.
Changing the utility account name
It is also logical for the person enjoying a supply (electricity, gas…) to be the account holder thereof. Ideally, the holder of the electricity or gas contract should be one of the tenants.
On the one hand, because the account holder is responsible for the bills and for possible debts that may be generated. On the other hand, because the account holders shall have access to detailed consumption information enabling them to save and have a more efficient home.