Tenant Water Consumption Who Pays?

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Water Compliant:

Rental Properties are considered Water Efficient if certain water fixtures meet the 3 Wels water rating standard. 

At the start of your tenancy a water meter reading is taken, this is the starting point of any Water Consumption charges that will be issued to you. (RTA water charging Fast FACTS, https://www.rta.qld.gov.au/Renting/During-a-tenancy/Rent-and-other-payments/Water-charging , 15/02/2016)

If you are renting a Water Efficient property, you are responsible for every drop of water used, both 1st Tier and 2nd Tier.

For example:

The agency has received the Water Rates Notice from your local Council. The Water Consumption comes to a total of 185 kilolitres.
Tier 1 – 100 kilolitres x $2.34 = $234.00
Tier 2 –   85 kilolitres x $3.79 = $322.15
Total = $556.15

Once your Property Manager issues you with your Water Bill, you have 30 days to pay this account.


Excess Water Consumption:


Rental properties that are individually metered, but are not Water Efficient come under the heading of an “Excess Water Consumption Property”.

This means that the Landlord pays for Tier 1 (the first 100 kilolitres) and the tenant is responsible for Tier 2 consumption. This is great for the tenant as many properties are becoming more and more Water Efficient!

For Example:

The agency has received the Water Rates Notice from your local Council. The Water Consumption comes to a total of 185 kilolitres.
Tier 1 – Not responsible for this amount.
Tier 2 – 85 kilolitres x $3.79 = $322.15
Total = $322.15

Once your Property Manager issues you with your Water Bill, you have 30 days to pay this account.

Nil Water Consumption:

Not many rental properties come under the “Nil Water Consumption” category – if yours does, you are very lucky! The majority of the properties that do come under this category are units/duplex’s/townhouse’s that are not individually metered - therefore no one can monitor the water that you are using and charge you for it.

If you aren’t sure which category your property comes under, please contact us to check.

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Author: Bronwyn Evans
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Date: February 2016
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