Get £400 off energy bills when you rent?

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Find out if you can get the financial aid (Picture: Getty)

thousands of households will receive a £400 rebate on energy bills in October to help combat the surge cost of living.

The £400 rebate money will be paid out in six installments from this month, with a rebate of £66 on energy bills in October and November and £67 per month from December to March 2023.

Tenants are entitled to the £400 rebate on energy bills – whether you pay the bills directly or whether your bills are included in your rent.

Renters were previously excluded from the aid, although the package was expanded last month to help renters and residents of parking garages.

Charities had previously warned that all-inclusive renters whose bills are paid by their landlords could miss out on this discount.

However, the government has confirmed new legislation under the Energy Bills Support Scheme (EBSS) that will ensure landlords of rental properties with all-inclusive tenants pass on the £400 energy rebate.

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The law was introduced after Citizen’s Advice warned that 585,000 homes were “at the mercy of their landlords” as the rebate was passed directly to the billpayer.

Dame Clare Moriaty, chief executive of Citizens Advice, previously said: “It is important that government support reaches the people for whom it is intended.

“We are concerned that many tenants are falling through the cracks and risk missing out on money to help them with rising bills.

“The Government should also provide clear guidance for landlords to ensure tenants don’t miss out on the forthcoming £400 energy grant.”

About 13% of private tenants pay their energy bill to the landlord as part of their monthly rent.

Elderly person turning down the central heating with a wireless thermostat

The aid is intended to help combat rising energy costs (Picture: Getty Images)

How to get the discount depends on how you pay your bill and which energy supplier you are with.

If you pay your bills directly, you may receive an automatic deduction from your bills, or pay them as usual and then receive cashback or credit.

If your bills are included in your rent, your landlord will either pass the money on to you or reduce your bills – you should speak to your landlord to find out how you can get our discount.

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