Am I responsible for paying water usage as a tenant?
In NSW, your landlord can only ask you to pay water usage charges if the minimum criteria have been met.
The minimum criteria for passing on water usage charges are:
Water Efficiency Standards
A rental property is only considered water efficient if it meets these standards. This flow rate does not apply to other taps in the premises including bathtub taps, laundry taps, outside taps for the garden, or taps for washing machines and dishwashers.
Providing Water Efficiency
Water efficiency measure should appear on the condition report. If you’re not sure, ask the landlord or agent to provide some evidence. If you’d like to test it yourself, turn the tap on completely and the flow rate should be less than nine litres in a minute.
Water Consumptions Charges
You are only responsible to pay water usage charges. A water usage charge is based on the volume of water supplied to the residential premise.
Water can be supplied to the premise in different ways depending on which services are available.
Time to Pay
When it is time to pay the water bill, the landlord or agent will provide you with a copy of the bill or evidence of how the usage was calculated, within three months.
You have 21 days to pay the amount owing.
Important Things to Know
This article originally appeared on the NSW Government website; Fair Trading - Paying Water Charges
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