Everything you need to know about finding a home in Britain and maintaining it, including heating, electricity, water and repairs. If you have only recently moved to this country, take a look at the Moving to Britain page for information about supermarkets, clothes stores, bank accounts and more.

The regular bills you will probably have to pay for a home are:

  • Rent/mortgage
  • Council tax
  • TV license
  • Mobile phone/home phone
  • Broadband
  • Water
  • Electricity
  • Gas or oil (if you have it at your home)
  • Contents insurance (for the items in your home)
  • Service charges and ground rent (leasehold homes)
  • Buildings insurance (if you own your home)

You need to contact your water, electricity and gas suppliers with the meter readings as soon as you move into a property.

If you are with a partner, it is good to get some bills in their name as well (or in joint names) because utility bills are often used as a form of identity.

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