Reader Question

“Why is water usage free when renting a unit? Is it always free?” – Minnie, NSW

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Where do I stand on water usage?

Minnie, we asked business development manager at LJ Hooker Gosford, Madeleine Smith for her insight into this question.

“No, in some newer units you will pay for water usage,” Madeleine said.

“The reason for this is that the legislation stipulates a property must be:
a) separately metered for water (in order to determine exactly how much water that tenant has used); and
b) meet the water efficiency measures outlined.”

Madeleine said NSW tenants can read more about the legislation on the NSW Fair Trading website.

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