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Sep 07 2017

Water Costs when Renting in Sydney, NSW

How Much Does a Tenant Pay For Water in Sydney, NSW

A landlord can only ask a tenant to pay for water charges if certain conditions are met by the property.

  • There must be an individual meter for the property.
  • The property must comply with ‘water efficiency’ standards.
  • The charge must not exceed the amount billed for Water Usage by the supplier.

The tenant cannot be charged for fixed costs, such as water service or sewerage services which are charged to the property owner regardless of whether the property is occupied or not.

As an example of this, I will show my last water bill, as an Owner:

$262 Total Charge
$  81 Fixed Charge Water Access
$115 Fixed Charge Sewerage Access
$  66 Water usage

Based on that Bill, a tenant could only be charged the $66 for the water usage.

Source: www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/…/Paying_water_charges.page

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