The Ministry of Economic Affairs proposes a mechanism for freezing electricity prices for rented houses, but the most effective thing in practice is the Ministry of the Interior's standardization of residential lease contracts.

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[Reporter Lin Jinghua/Report from Taipei] There are as many as one million households renting houses in China, and the increase in electricity prices will make renting houses even more uncomfortable.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs hastily announced yesterday that it will introduce a "frozen price increase mechanism" for sublet flats and private houses. You can apply for smart electricity meters from Taipower for free, and receive electricity-saving counseling measures. In April, electricity fee increases will be exempted, but landlords must be prevented from charging unreasonable electricity prices. However, the most critical clause is the Ministry of the Interior's "Residential Lease Finalization Contract".

The rent market has been rising in recent years. In the rental market, the electricity fee of 5 or 6 yuan per kilowatt-hour has almost become a public price. Compared with the average electricity price of about 3.11 yuan after Taipower raised it in April, there is still a gap.

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Common types of domestic rental housing include whole-floor residences, independent suites, sub-rental suites, and elegant houses, etc. Taipower stated that because there are more than one user in a sub-lease apartment and an elegant room, the degree will indeed be relatively high due to the progressive design of electricity prices , Therefore, renters who decide to sublet suites and elegant houses can freeze their prices.

It is reported that Taipower will short charge about 100 million yuan in electricity bills.

However, Taipower's freeze rate mechanism may not really benefit renters.

The first is that the landlord must agree to install smart meters. Although Taipower is willing to replace them for free, the identity of the landlord will be exposed, so it may not be willing.

In addition, the Ministry of the Interior's "Residential Lease Standardized Contract" has even more impact on tenants' electricity bills.

The contract stipulates that the amount of electricity bills charged by the landlord to tenants should be divided into summer months and non-summer months, and neither can exceed the maximum level of electricity consumption set by Taipower for the month. According to the current summer months, it should not exceed 6.99 yuan, and non-summer months should not exceed 5.48 yuan. That is, it is not illegal.

The latest electricity price list has not yet been announced, but the increase of 10% for residential buildings above 1,000 kWh is estimated to increase from 6.99 yuan to 7.68 yuan per kWh in summer months. In addition, the non-summer months also increased from 5.48 yuan to about 6.02 yuan.

Although there is a freeze-up mechanism for sub-let suites, the price of electricity in the rental market for independent suites may be further raised to 6 or 7 yuan.

The unnamed expert mentioned that the landlord has already charged rent, and the electricity charge should return to what the tenant pays, rather than another order price.

Experts also said that to prevent renters from being stripped of another layer of electricity bills, the most important thing is the Ministry of the Interior's finalized residential lease contract. The ceiling price should be lowered, or the state of unreasonable charges should be directly stipulated, so as to have practical benefits. Inhibitory effect.

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