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When Can You Charge a Tenant for Water?

As water charges are forecast to jump considerably on the back of the cost of waterproofing South East Queensland, it is timely to revisit when a lessor/agent can pass on charges for water usage to the tenant.

Lessors are only allowed to pass on the full water consumption costs to tenants if:

  • the rental premises are individually metered (or water is delivered by vehicle); and
  • the rental premises are water efficient; and
  • the tenancy agreement states the tenant must pay for water consumption.

Water efficient premises should meet the 3-star WELS rating, which is:

  • a maximum flow rate of nine litres per minute for showerheads, internal cold water taps and single mixer taps (excluding taps for bathtubs and appliances); and
  • dual flush toilets using less than 6.5 litres on full flush, 3.5 litres on half flush and 4 litres for the average flush volume (based on the average of one full flush and four half flushes).

If the premises are individually metered but not water efficient, and the agreement states the tenant must pay for water, the lessor must pay for a reasonable amount of water.

Click here for the full fact sheet provided by the RTA

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What is considered “Excessive Hardship”?

A recent decision in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) explored the interpretation of “excessive hardship”. Sections 295 and 310 of the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (the Act) allow either lessors/agents or tenants to apply to QCAT for termination of a tenancy agreement on the ground of “excessive hardship”. If the Tribunal is satisfied the party would suffer “excessive hardship” if the agreement is not terminated, it has the discretion to do so.

While the Act does not define “excessive hardship” this particular decision helps identify indicators considered by the Tribunal. Click here to read more about the QCAT decision at the RTA website.

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Discover the Unknown, How to Check your New Property – For Free Flood Reports, Distance to Services & Travel Information

Property Reports

Like most people searching for property can be extremely frustrating, especially if you are not 100% familiar with the area that appeals to you.  The last thing you want is to move into a property that clearly doesn’t work for you.  Simply follow the links to make sure the property you want is right for you.  All you need to know about a property can be found on the websites below.  Happy reading!

– Get your Floodwise Property Report here 

– Get your free flood map here

– Check out the distance to local amenities here

– Get directions to and from your property here

– Find out distances and public transport options from your property here

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