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“Do tenants have to pay for water use at their rental property? How does that work?”

We asked the Director/Licensee and Head of Property Management at Homes4U, Mareea Wilkinson, for her advice on this question:

Mareea said a tenant only pays for water use in their rental property if the premises are individually metered.

“That will include all houses and many units,” she said. “How much water a tenant has to pay for depends on what is written into their lease agreement.”

Mareea said a rental property is water efficient if it complies with the requirements in each state and territory for water charging, for example, the requirements outlined in this link for Queensland tenants.

“If the property is not water compliant, then in my office, an owner would cover the first 20kl of water usage in any three months, and the tenant would pay over and above that.”

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Mareea Wilkinson
Mareea Wilkinson
Director/Licensee and Head of Property Management at Homes4U | [email protected]

Mareea Wilkinson is the Director/Licensee and Head of Property Management at Homes4U in Clontarf, Queensland. Mareea has worked in real estate since 1998 and was previously a real estate buyer's agent in Redcliffe and a legal litigation secretary for a firm in Brisbane City. Homes4U is an independently owned real estate agency based on the Redcliffe Peninsula.