Lessor/agents and managers are allowed to pass on the full cost of water consumption provided:


the rental premises are individually metered (or water is delivered by vehicle), and

the rental premises are water efficient, and

the tenancy agreement states the tenant must pay for water consumption


At the start of the tenancy agreement, the lessor/agent and tenant should negotiate arrangements for water charging. The presence of water efficient fittings should be noted on the Entry condition report (Form 1a). Tenants must be given 1 month to pay any water bill after receiving the notice from the lessor/agent.


For any water fixtures produced from 2005 onwards, the easiest way to check if they meet the required efficiency standard is to look for products with a WELS rating of three stars or higher. WELS is Australia's water efficiency labeling scheme which rates fixtures including taps, showerheads and toilets according to water efficiency - the more stars the better. To find out more about the scheme or search the registered product database, visit www.waterrating.gov.au.






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