Investment rental properties are considered water efficient if water fixtures meet the standards listed below.
* A flow rate of 9 litres per minute
Dual Flush 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)
Cold water taps and single mixer taps (excluding bathtub taps and taps for appliances)
*A maximum flow rate of 9 litres per minute
- Rental properties are considered water efficient if certain water fixtures meet standards listed in the Water efficient property page.
- At the start of the tenancy agreement, the lessor/agent and tenant should negotiate arrangements for water charging and the frequency of charges.
- Water billing periods are unlikely to align with tenancy agreements. It's important that the water meter reading is noted on the Entry condition report (Form 1a) when starting a tenancy, and on the Exit condition report (Form 14a) at the end of the tenancy.
- The presence of water efficient fittings should be noted on the Entry condition report .
- Taking a photo of the water meter at the start and end of a tenancy can help support what you have noted on the condition report forms.
- Lessors 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 will not be billed directly by water supply authorities.
- Tenants must be given 1 month to pay any water bill after receiving the notice from thelessor/agent.