Who can get a smart meter?
Every household in Britain can get a smart meter as part of the national rollout. Your energy supplier will install them in your home at no extra cost. If you’re the account holder who pays the energy bills, you are automatically entitled to one.
Here’s what you need to know if you’re:
Smart meters and landlords
As a landlord, smart meters can benefit you, especially if you receive the bills yourself. If the rent you charge includes gas and electricity, you will be able to see clearly how much your tenants are using and what it is costing.
Your tenants benefit from smart meters too
Smart meters can help your tenants too, especially if they pay the bills. They will always know how much they owe without getting a shock and they’ll be able to divide up bills more easily.
Smart meters are being offered to every home
Bill-paying tenants won’t need to get your permission to get a smart meter installed. They will be entitled to one as part of the national rollout. However, smart meters benefit both of you so it’s a good idea to let your tenants know if you’re happy to have one fitted.
I'm a landlord. Who decides whether to get a smart meter?
Whoever pays the gas and electricity bills can ask for a smart meter to be fitted. If you get the bills addressed to you, then you can ask for a smart meter to be installed in your tenanted property.
Are smart meters compulsory?
Smart meters are not compulsory; it's entirely your choice. The government requires energy suppliers to offer smart meters to all homes and small businesses across Great Britain by 2020, but whether you accept them is completely up to you. More than four in five people who have a smart meter say they would recommend one.