Tenants in France to get extra protection over shared energy bills

Tenants in France to get extra protection over shared energy bills
Not everyone in France knows how much their individual water and heating consumption costs. Photo: AFP
In a bid to ensure more transparency for tenants, landlords in France will soon have to provide detailed overviews on private heating and water consumption and how much this costs.

The new rule enters into effect on October 25th and will affect anyone living in an apartment or shared housing with a centralised heating and water system that they pay for.

Published in the Journal officiel on July 21st, the new rule will ensure transparency for tenants paying a fixed amount every month for heating and water without knowing the actual level of their individual consumption.

Most people renting apartments in France over a longer period set up their own accounts with energy providers, but some landlords – especially those renting out homes for a shorter period of time – include just these as general charges (expenses) without actually providing details on how much is spent on heating and water.

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When the rule enters into effect tenants will get detailed information about their general energy consumption data, including;

  • The price per kWh and the total amount of their consumption (without taxes)
  • Details on the tariffs and taxes included in the bill
  • What fuels are used and their carbon footprint
  • The total rate of renewable energy
  • Energy efficiency 
  • A graphic comparing the current level of consumption data compared to the same period the year before

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As of October 25th, landlords must provide tenants with these  every six months, or every three months upon request from the tenant.

As of January 1st 2022, these details are to be sent out monthly.


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