Inclusive rents

The benefits of fully inclusive rents

Most of Unipol’s houses charge a rent that includes personal possessions insurance, internet, utilities (gas, electricity and water) costs and a TV (and licence if the TV is provided by Unipol).

If in doubt then check your contract to see what is included in the rent for your property.

An inclusive rent covers energy and we allow a certain amount per week (from your rent) based on the size of the property for this.

This anticipated level of usage should be enough for you to be warm and comfortable in your house and is based on responsible use.

To help you know how much energy you are using we now read your meters monthly and give you a statement at key points during the year. This statement is a graphic that compares your usage to last year and shows how much of what we have allowed you are using. In cold months you use more energy than warmer months so it is necessary to take into account seasonal usage in making comparisons

It looks like this:

Family Tenants

For our family tenants, Unipol provide your energy and this is paid monthly. Unipol have calculated the set monthly amount you are billed for by looking at tenants’ energy usage to date: we have used this to work out what amount you need to pay each month to cover a normal usage amount. This will help to avoid large bills in the winter months and average the cost across the year.

Every 3 months Unipol will review your energy usage (using meter readings), and we will write to you to let you know if a top up payment is required, if a refund is due to you, or if we need to change your set payment amount.

Top ways to save energy

  1. Make sure you know how to operate your heating and hot water - do not just guess. If you need help give us a ring and we can come out and show you how it all works properly. You can find guides on how to operate your boiler here.
  2. There is a thermostatic valve on your room radiator so that you can individually adjust the heating in each room. If you go away for a couple of days, turn the thermostat right down so you are not heating an empty room. You can see how to use these here.
  3. Most houses also have a house thermostat, work out what this needs to be set to in order to ensure the house is warm. If your room is cold but others are too hot (a sun facing room or a larger room makes a big difference) turn the thermostat up a degree and have your house mates turn their radiator thermostats down.
  4. Try to avoid having the heating on and windows open - you are just trying to heat Leeds.
  5. You should never need any additional electrical heaters (and they consume huge amounts of energy). If you are still cold when the heating is on something is wrong, so let us know.
  6. Turn off the lights when you leave a room (leave a single light on when everyone is out to deter burglars).




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