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Renters ‘at mercy of landlords’ over £400 energy rebate, UK charities warn

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theguardian.com

Charities are warning that renters whose utility bills are included in their rent are at the mercy of their landlords and could miss out on the UK government’s £400 energy discount.An estimated 585,000 households – equivalent to 13% of all those renting in the private market – have energy bills included in their rent, according to Citizens Advice.

It said renters could miss out on the energy rebate and other support like the warm home discount, if they are not the bill payer, because they are paid to the landlord.Polly Neate, the chief executive of the housing charity Shelter, saidtenants whose energy bills were included in their rent or service charge “will be at the mercy of their landlord passing on this much-needed support”.“There’s no specific legal obligation for landlords to pass on this support but they aren’t allowed to overcharge tenants for the energy they’ve used or make a profit on it.

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