Once I've moved from Svenljunga to Skene, I've experienced lots of improvements. Now I live in a much calmer and safer area than how it was in Svenljunga, there are much better connections with the public transport over here, making me even more independent of having an own car, and also more bike lanes. There was a special thing about receiving keys from Marks Bostads AB, the current landlord, because not only did I receive keys, but I've also got for instance a fabric bag with the landlord's brand.
The flat that I live in nowadays has been renovated in 2013, it has also got an induction stove that saves a lot of energy. I have nothing against that the major appliance in the kitchen saves a lot of energy, the induction stove is also more effective than a usual electric stove. Even if the induction stove could cause the rent to be a little higher, I'm still satisfied of it. The problem is just that saving power from Vattenfall, a Swedish power company, is not profitable. Marks Bostads AB has introduced individual measuring of water (both cold and hot water) and individual measuring of the flat warmth. However, I've been reading in the internet that some different landlords also have individual measuring of electric power, and I consider that Marks Bostads AB should introduce that in the building where I rent my flat as well. Then it's not tenants that have to pay the powerline fee, it would be paid by the landlord. The landlord could on the other hand raise the rent for the tenants with a few hundreds of Swedish crowns each month in order to manage to save their money when they would pay the powerline fee and some of the power that would be consumed by tenants. If tenants consume more power than the rent would include, they would have to pay extra for the power in the same way like it already is with water and warmth that are measured in the flats.
Usually I consume less water and energy to heat up my flat than what the rent includes. The individual measuring of water and warmth that have been introduced by Marks Bostads AB in my flat, also changes the rent costs for me. Because of that I usually consume less water and energy to heat up my flat than what the rent includes, I get a little money back for what I don't consume for the month, this is reducing the rent by 1-2 percent for me. Marks Bostads AB did unfortunately not introduce any individual measuring of power in spite of the fact that they have ceramic stoves in every single flat in the same building where I rent my flat. I've written reviews about Vattenfall earlier, where I also reviewed the problem with that it's not profitable to save the power. In Svenljunga I was consuming 125-185 kilowatt-hours of power each month, and then I only had to pay 2 Swedish crowns for each kilowatt-hour. That fee included all taxes and the powerline fee. In Skene I consume no more than 70 kilowatt-hours of power for each month, but here I'm forced to pay 4-6 crowns for each kilowatt-hour of power in each month, the main reason to the increased costs for each kilowatt-hour of power is that the powerline fee is independent of how much power we consume. Here it's not profitable to save power at all when no power is included in the rent.
Speaking of electric power, this subject is a little problematic. I'm satisfied of having an induction stove that saves so much power while it still is much more effective, however, the landlord should have in mind that it should be profitable for the tenants. If a tenant must pay 4-6 Swedish crowns for each kilowatt-hour of power to the power company, that will never be profitable! Then it would be much better if there also was individual measuring of power where I live, so the landlord would have to pay the powerline fee and some costs for the power itself. If tenants would consume less power than their rents include, then all that power that has not been consumed by the tenants would reduce the rent as well as we've got it with water and warmth, or the tenants would pay extra for consuming more power, if a tenant consumes more power than the rent would include. If Marks Bostads AB would introduce individual measuring of power where I live, I would consider that to be a good change, even if the landlord raised the rents a little in order to keep their economy stable. It has to be profitable for tenants to save water and energy to heat up the flat, and here the landlord has made it profitable for their tenants in this case, but when the rent doesn't include any power at all, neither if it was measured individually, then it's not profitable to save any power in this case! That's why I would suggest that the landlord also introduces individual measuring of power, so that saving power also will get profitable for their tenants.
Another improvement that I've experienced with Marks Bostads AB, unlike the earlier landlord, is also how it works when I have to pay the rents. In Svenljunga I needed to receive the bills on papers, and if I risked not to receive them in time, I had to go to their office in order to bring them home, so I could pay the rents. Fortunately their office was close to me, so there were no bigger problems with that. But before I receive the bills on the papers from Marks Bostads AB, they always put a bill in my pages on their web site. This way, I can pay the rent before the bill on the paper arrives to me, if and when I have got the money. I use to pay the rents before the bills on the papers arrive to me, but it's also a little easier to pay the rents this way. OCR numbers on the bills are long. Instead of having to write them down from paper bills, I log in to my pages and copy them from the bills that Marks Bostads AB puts into my pages. Paying rents this way is a little easier.
In spite of that it's not profitable to save power where I live (I hope that Marks Bostads AB will change it someday), this is the best landlord that I ever have been renting a flat from. I strongly recommend Marks Bostads AB.
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