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Electricity costs per day

Posted: Sat Jan 8, 2022 8:14pm
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Ronit62

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Hey everyone,

I am from the Netherlands, staying now for a month to look for some property in Santa Pola.

I and my husband are staying now in an airbnb in Santa Pola d'Este. The place is nice but strangely the owner of that place charges extra for electricity. She gives us a limit of only 10kw a day, and for each extra kw we have to pay an extra 0,83 cents. She also wants us to pay the extra costs in cash, and not through Airbnb, which I find kind of fishy. I understand that the electricity costs have gone up in Spain, but so it has also in the Netherlands and across the world. So I don't find it very comfortable, that I have to pay extra on top of what we already paid. What is your opinion about this. Is 10 KW a reasonable standard? We barely use the heater at all, except for in the evening. I just don't understand what the owner is trying to do here

DUI

Posted: Sat Jan 8, 2022 8:38pm

DUI

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Posted: Sat Jan 8, 2022 8:38pm

I think the owner is trying to make you aware that if you leave the heating on and go out you will use up your allowance and there will be a bill for extra electricity.Same thing habppens in the summer people switch on the air cool and go out coming back many hours later.Heating or cooling uses a lot of electric.

Hew

Posted: Sat Jan 8, 2022 9:37pm

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Posted: Sat Jan 8, 2022 9:37pm

Do you mean that she allows you to consume 10 KW “consistently” for a 24 hour period ?.  You would really have to go out of your way to use all that power. 

Boris

Posted: Sun Jan 9, 2022 10:46am

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Posted: Sun Jan 9, 2022 10:46am

Hi, The average usage for electriciity in the UK is indeed 10Kw/h per day. So think she is being reasonable to ask for a payment for anything you use over that limit. I think this is not unusual for rentals in Spain. I guess it would be a lot of hassle for her to claim this money through Airbnb.

Hope that helps a little.

PeterPan

Posted: Sun Jan 9, 2022 10:52am

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Posted: Sun Jan 9, 2022 10:52am

Ronit62 wrote on Sat Jan 8, 2022 8:14pm:

Hey everyone,

I am from the Netherlands, staying now for a month to look for some property in Santa Pola.

I and my husband are staying now in an airbnb in Santa Pola d'Este. The place is nice but strangely the owner of that place charges extra for electricity. She gives us a limit of only 10kw a day, and for each extra kw we have to pay an extra 0,83 cents. She also wants us to pay the extra costs in cash, and not through Airbnb, which I find kind of fishy. I understand that the electricity costs have gone up in Spain, but so it has also in the Netherlands and across the world. So I don't find it very comfortable, that I have to pay extra on top of what we already paid. What is your opinion about this. Is 10 KW a reasonable standard? We barely use the heater at all, except for in the evening. I just don't understand what the owner is trying to do here

Seems fair to me. You don't appear to use a lot of power and I assume you wouldn't want to be paying extra rental to subsidise those renters that leave the heating/aircon on all day, even when they're away from the property.

10Kw allowance per day should be more than enough, especially if this is averaged over the entire rental period. There may be certain days when you exceed this but this will be balanced when you're out for the day and use less.

janiceroquero

Posted: Sun Jan 9, 2022 12:08pm

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Posted: Sun Jan 9, 2022 12:08pm

That is normal for rentals in Spain.

aitchc1401

Posted: Sun Jan 9, 2022 12:17pm

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Posted: Sun Jan 9, 2022 12:17pm

Hi,

    assuming you did the booking through AirBNB the extra charge should have been listed in the contract you agreed with them. It may well be reasonable to limit the use of utilities but any additional charges should have been advised up front. If this was not mentioned when you made the booking then you can either accept the charge or raise the issue with AirBNB. You could wait to see what sort of charge materialises. 

quote below from the airbnb webiste:

Generally, hosts may not collect any additional fees or charges outside the Airbnb platform unless expressly authorized by Airbnb.

Rgds

Aitch.

Steve6

Posted: Sun Jan 9, 2022 12:18pm

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Posted: Sun Jan 9, 2022 12:18pm

We Have never paid anything for thr electric n an Aiirbb

Simon 135

Posted: Sun Jan 9, 2022 12:19pm

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Posted: Sun Jan 9, 2022 12:19pm

Ronit62 wrote on Sat Jan 8, 2022 8:14pm:

Hey everyone,

I am from the Netherlands, staying now for a month to look for some property in Santa Pola.

I and my husband are staying now in an airbnb in Santa Pola d'Este. The place is nice but strangely the owner of that place charges extra for electricity. She gives us a limit of only 10kw a day, and for each extra kw we have to pay an extra 0,83 cents. She also wants us to pay the extra costs in cash, and not through Airbnb, which I find kind of fishy. I understand that the electricity costs have gone up in Spain, but so it has also in the Netherlands and across the world. So I don't find it very comfortable, that I have to pay extra on top of what we already paid. What is your opinion about this. Is 10 KW a reasonable standard? We barely use the heater at all, except for in the evening. I just don't understand what the owner is trying to do here

I would have been with you thinking it odd and a bit fishy, so good to hear from others that sounds normal for here, in case I come across it myself.

Ronit62

Posted: Sun Jan 9, 2022 4:27pm

Ronit62

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Posted: Sun Jan 9, 2022 4:27pm

Thank you all for reacting. We didn’t have a good experience at a previous Airbnb in Alicante, so that’s why I am asking. But if barely use the heater than it sure must be ok. Again thank you all and I will make sure to stay updated on this forum.

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