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Energy bills: students should beware surprise charges

As prices of gas and electricity soar, make sure your deal does not mean paying extra down the line

Liz Truss may have promised to freeze energy bills at an average of £2,500 a year but many students – or their parents – could still be hit with surprise extra bills for going over their limits.

If you, or your offspring, are privately renting student accommodation with bills included, read the small print very carefully, and if in any doubt, ask, as it might not be quite as good a deal as it seems.

Many students will be unaware that in most agreements with student letting agents, the energy included is typically subject to a fair use policy – a cap or allowance – that is often based not on units of energy consumed but on sums of money spent.

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