Before signing the lease agreement, please be careful about the payment for utilities like gas, electricity or water. Sometimes you have to pay your utility bills separately (“Rent + Utilities and Other Fees”), otherwise you pay everything altogether in one payment to the landlord. When buying a property you need to register as a customer to utility companies. In some cases, individual registration is not possible because contracts with these companies are concluded by a homeowners/ housing association, so please ask your concierge about it.
So what are utility payments?
- Electricity (providers: Innogy, ČEZ and others),
- Gas (providers: Innogy, ČEZ and others),
- Water and sewage (providers: OVAK for Ostrava, SMVAK for areas outside of Ostrava),
! It is safe to drink tap water from the public water supply !
- Heating, repair fund, elevator, electricity and cleaning of common areas,
- Fees for public radio and television (compulsory) – 180 CZK/month,
- Waste collection fee (more here),
- Optional: internet/cable TV (providers: Vodafone, PODA and others) and insurance of the property.
Prices of electricity and gas for households are set by the government of the Czech Republic. You can choose from several price bands, which vary depending on the volume of electricity/gas consumed; some are intended only for households where all the equipment and appliances run on electricity. The staff at the electricity company will advise you.
You will make monthly payments (advance payments) for electricity, gas, heating and water, based on your expected consumption. Your meter will be read at least once a year to determine your actual consumption, and the company will then send you a bill detailing your consumption, along with (if necessary) a payment slip for you to pay the outstanding balance and the new amount for the monthly payments.