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Setting up energy contracts at your commercial property

A lot of commercial landlords allow their tenants to choose their own business energy supplier. But if your tenant moves out you become responsible for the energy bill until a new tenant moves in. Some landlords also provide energy as a service charge. Either way, it’s important to get the best deal. 

Finding the right energy contract

Commercial properties come in all different sizes and energy use. The energy contract you choose will depend on whether you’re planning on charging your tenants as a service charge or letting them pick their own contract.

Plan Benefits Could be right if…
Fixed Price Energy Plans Security that your prices will stay the same for the length of your contract. Includes a boiler service on us[1]. You are going to charge your tenants for energy as a service charge
30 day Rolling Energy Plan Freedom to switch with just 30 days written notice You are going to let your commercial property and allow your tenant to choose their own supplier
Fixed Price Energy Plans

Benefits

Security that your prices will stay the same for the length of your contract. Includes a boiler service on us[1].

Could be right if…

Freedom to switch with just 30 days written notice

30 day Rolling Energy Plan

Benefits

Freedom to switch with just 30 days written notice

Could be right if…

You are going to let your commercial property and allow your tenant to choose their own supplier

If you're going to re-charge your tenant

For ease, some commercial landlords include energy in their tenants lease, and charge tenants for the energy they use. In buildings where there are multiple units and tenants you may charge your tenants based on the floor space they occupy.

  • The Institute of Chartered Accounts in England and Wales (ICAEW) publish service charge guidelines you can follow
  • RICS publish a code of practice which gives guidance on charging your commercial tenants service charges, including energy
Business tenant in commercial property
Handling changes of tenancy

Handling changes of tenancy

If your tenants are responsible for their own energy contracts they'll need to settle any outstanding bills. You'll then become responsible for paying the energy bill. If you've not agreed a new contract with the energy supply, you'll likely be charged deemed rates.

If you're paying deemed rates you can move to a cheaper business energy price plan by contacting our business movers team.

When a new tenant moves in, they need to send a change of tenancy notification to the existing supplier. If that's us, then they can do this quickly online

Landlord's Gas Safety Record

In addition to looking for things like landlord insurance, as a landlord, you have a legal responsibility to check all the gas appliances and installations on the premises are working properly and are safe. This includes making sure your boiler is working and safe.

We offer a Landlord’s Gas Safety Record where we perform an annual service and any repairs. Once your gas appliance has been successfully, tested you’ll receive a Gas Safety Record.

 

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Frequently asked questions

What’s a commercial property?

A: Commercial properties differs from residential property because the property's main or only use is commercial (for business use), rather than serving as a residence.

 

Can I manage all my commercial properties in one place?

A: Yes, register for an online account and call us to get all your properties added so they all appear on your online account dashboard.

My tenant is moving, what do I need to do?

A: Please ensure you get a meter reading the day your tenant moves out and you’re responsible for paying for the energy bills.

For more info please go to Moving business premises

I’m already with British Gas business, how do I request my free smart meter?

A: Please fill out our Request a smart meter form

[1] Business Gas boilers up to 70 kW. Conditions apply. Read our product terms here

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