In order for a lessor to charge tenants for full water consumption, the property must meet the following criteria:
To on charge the water payments to the tenants, it must be stated on the tenancy agreement and signed by the tenants. If the property is made water efficient during a tenancy, the tenant is required to agree in writing to pay for consumption from the date the property is made efficient. If the tenant does not accept this, the new condition will need to be included in the new lease at the time of renewal.
Complying with water efficiency
In order for a rental property to be considered water efficient, all cold water taps, shower heads and toilets must meet the WELS rating of 3 stars or higher. For example, cold water taps must have a maximum flow rate of 9 litres per minute.
How do I know if the property is water efficient?
Water efficiency can be determined by looking through plumbing reports, receipts, packaging or warranties and instruction manuals for plumbing tap wear. For example, many dishwashers display the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) rating on the instruction manuals as well as on the dishwasher upon purchase.
Obtaining a Water Efficiency Certificate
A water efficiency certificate is required as proof of efficiency in order for the tenant to be charged full consumption. To obtain one, a plumber should be engaged to test and/or install efficiency measures and provide you with a certificate. Pure Real Estate is happy to arrange a plumber to inspect the property (costs to be paid by the owner).
Invoices are received by Urban Utilities four times per year.
If the property complies with the criteria, what can the tenants be charged?
Tenants can be charged for: