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Paying bills in Hungary

Hello everyone,

What bills do you pay? If you are renting, are bills included in the price of rent, and is this common practice in Hungary?

How can you pay your bills (e.g. online, at provider's store, at the post office)? Which is the most convenient or reliable way?

With what frequency are different bills sent in Hungary? Are there different deadlines for payment?

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Priscilla

We own our property. Heat mostly with wood. So recurrent bills are: electricity, Internet, phone, water, various property taxes.

Property tax and water is sent yearly.

Electricity is now every three months (they send three bills).

All others are monthly.

Due dates are on every bill.

I pay them all on-line from my bank account.

Usually in cash with yellow giro slips at the Post Office.  Could pay online but decided we'd rather do it manually.

The providers collect it automatically from the bank account, in our case.

We pay in cash at the post office.
When we are out of HU for long trips over 6 months we go into each office and ask them to stop services, they still charge for a service fee for paperwork each month but we pay up all due bills and a few bucks more just in case before we leave the country.
We pay have direct payments with our bank for our apts. common costs each month.
When we return to HU after a long holiday away, we go in person to each office and make sure all is in order and have them restart the services.
We just don't want allot of mail in our box when we are gone.
We  also pay up front for our national health insurance before we leave the country, can't use it in the US but we like to be all paid up with everyone and owe nothing before we leave.
Not exactly fun to shell out a ton for 6 or 7 months of payments and not be able to use it, etc. but that's the way it goes.
After one trip away the electric co. never sent us a bill for months, over 6 months, we went into their office several times to ask why we weren't getting a bill. They said they would send it out but they never came, then we got one huge bill at once.

There are several ways to pay bills in Hungary. Online, bank transfer, and by check at the post office.

How long have you resided in Hungary?

The easiest way is to set up auto deduction with your bank account. One thing we learned before and learned again when changing banks is the bank needs an A number for each company in order to set up the auto-payments.

Sometimes this mysterious number is on your statement, but not always. I had to hunt down the A number for our electric and gas bills recently, so Magnet Bank could set up the payments.

Hello Priscilla,

Paying bills is straightforward in Hungary, more so if it can be arranged for them to be paid online, via dijnet.hu, for example, or over the iCsekk app, which I haven't tried personally, but both of these allow you to overcome queues, and staff that may not speak English at either the company's branches or the Magyar Posta post offices. Virtually all services are billed monthly. Either you or your landlord will receive bills via mail and you should take them with you when you pay, or the landlord could have them paid for, and get you a receipt to pay them back.
The various bills you may encounter may be for gas, hot and cold water, electricity, heating, internet and phone bills.

In some cases, probably for heating, you could be charged the same amount each month, and either be required to pay or receive an adjustment at the end of a calendar year, depending on actual usage. I have not experienced penalties for missed payments, but there has to be unpleasant consequences of missing deadlines, which can even be up to two weeks after receiving bills.

All the best :)

Abasiam :

.... I have not experienced penalties for missed payments, but there has to be unpleasant consequences of missing deadlines, which can even be up to two weeks after receiving bills...

My old landlord lives in Austria and doesn't come to Hungary very often.  We've checked the post box for our post and found out he hasn't paid his gas or electricity bills or water since May and nothing has happened at all.  The neighbours tell us that it's all still on and still being used even though the place is empty.  I think it takes a lot to get disconnected and probably isn't actually allowed during winter.

One year. I  am a Hungarian American. I was bor in Hungary. After I stopped working  I have moved here. For me its easyer because me speaking the Language and my family educated me before I moved. Still its hard to adjust  but I am doing ok now. Any help I can provied just ask me.
Gabi

Abasiam :

I have not experienced penalties for missed payments, but there has to be unpleasant consequences of missing deadlines

Have missed a few E-On (electrical) bills over the years. They just send another bill and a 250 HUF fee for not paying the last bill on time.

For what it is worth, 250 HUF currently is about 1 USD or about 0.80 Euro. So no big deal. And not dire or unpleasant. This is Hungary, not Hades. ;)

I use my bank card (direct debit) to pay some things online, and dijnet.hu for recurring living expenses like utilities.

I find it to be very convenient.

fluffy2560 :

I think it takes a lot to get disconnected and probably isn't actually allowed during winter.

If you recall my electricity was recently cut off whilst fully up to date with bills. I have still not been given an explanation but it was cut off in March 2016.

fidobsa :
fluffy2560 :

I think it takes a lot to get disconnected and probably isn't actually allowed during winter.

If you recall my electricity was recently cut off whilst fully up to date with bills. I have still not been given an explanation but it was cut off in March 2016.

Yes I do now. 

There's a lot of confusion about meters in HU.   

We've had our meter changed multiple times and we didn't even get a water bill for 3 years.   We get them since last year but only since it froze up and broke and they had to come around and fix it and it was then "in the system".

Years ago they cut off our gas.  As it turned out, we'd been paying the neighbours bill and he'd not been paying ours - we had the wrong meter numbers on our bills. 

It took Mrs Fluffy about 5 trips to the gas company to solve it.

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