Owners can pass on the full cost of water consumption, provided:

  • the rental property is individually metered and
  • the rental property is water efficient, and
  • the tenancy agreement states the tenant must pay for water consumption

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Is my property water compliant?

Rental properties are considered water efficient if certain water fixtures meet the standards listed below.

water fixture standards

The requirement for taps applies only to internal cold water taps that are installed over a hand basin, kitchen sink or laundry trough (including single mixer taps). The requirement does not apply to other taps in the property such as bath tub taps, outside taps for the garden, or taps which supply washing machines or dishwashers. These taps are not required to be water efficient.

Property managers/owners should be able to demonstrate the presence of water efficient fittings with a water compliance certificate, plumbers report or receipts.

What can the tenant be charged for?

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Fast Facts

  • Rental properties are considered water efficient if certain water fixtures meet standards listed above in the Water efficient property tab.
  • At the start of the tenancy agreement, the property manager/owner and tenant should negotiate arrangements for water charging and the frequency of charges.
  • Property owners or landlords will receive the water bill and should provide their tenants with a copy of water bills or evidence of water consumption to verify the amount to be charged.
  • Tenants must be given 1 month to pay any water bill after receiving the notice from the property manager/owner.

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