What you need to know before charging your tenants for water in Qld

What you need to know before charging your tenants for water in Qld

When you’re preparing to rent out your premises, one important point is to ensure you’re able to pass on the full cost of water consumption to your tenant. The simplest way to be able to do this is to contact a plumber and attain a Water Efficiency Certificate, QLD.

Water charging

Tenants can only be charged for water consumption if:

the property is individually metered (or water is delivered by vehicle), and the property is water efficient, and the tenancy agreement states the tenant must pay for water consumption

Proving water efficiency

It is a good idea for the property manager/owner to be able to demonstrate the presence of water efficient fittings by having copies of:

plumbing reports (or compliance certification)receipts/packaging/warranties or instruction manuals for taps and shower heads

Water efficient property

A property is considered water efficient if certain water fixtures meet these standards:

Internal cold water taps and single mixer taps and shower heads (excluding bathtub taps and taps for appliances) A maximum flow rate of 9 litres per minute
Toilets – A dual flush function not exceeding 6.5 litres on full flush and 3.5 litres on half flush and a maximum average flush volume of 4 litres (based on the average of 1 full flush and 4 half flushes)

Only internal cold water taps installed over a hand basin, kitchen sink or laundry trough (including single mixer taps) need to be water efficient. Other taps such as bath tub taps, outside taps for the garden, or taps which supply washing machines or dishwashers do not have to be water efficient to meet the requirement.

If the property is not water efficient

If the property is not water efficient, but individually metered and the agreement states the tenant must pay for water, the property manager/owner must pay for a ‘reasonable amount’ (not defined by the Act) of water consumption and the tenant may be required to pay excess water charges
Water charges for tenants QLD
Creek to Coast Plumbing can update your property’s plumbing and complete a Water Efficiency Certificate to ensure you can set the water charges for tenants, QLD. We can assist by taking some simple steps to achieve your water compliance certificate, QLD, such as:

  • Upgrading tapware and outlets
  • Installing flow restricting aerators
  • Installing flow restrictor fittings behind the spouts
  • Installing flow restrictors in the tap.

Important note for water charges for tenants QLD

As the Landlord, you will still receive the water bill and pay the full amount then provide your tenants with a copy of any water bills or evidence of water consumption to verify the amount to be charged. Tenants will not be billed directly by water supply authorities.

Looking for a Water Efficiency Certificate, QLD?

Creek to Coast Plumbing are master plumbers and we can provide a solution to update your rental property plumbing and issue a water compliance certificate, QLD. Call today on 1300 793 962.

While we are there, we can complete a complimentary, comprehensive plumbing inspection to ensure that the plumbing and gas is in good condition, problem free and is not costing you more that it should.