Wa­ter and rent­ing

The Riverine Herald - Local Real Estate - - LOCALREALESTATE.COM.AU -

Renters in NSW can now es­cape wa­ter us­age charges if their land­lord has not met new wa­ter sav­ing stan­dards on res­i­den­tial premises. Re­lief will be felt by ten­ants who have pre­vi­ously strug­gled to have their land­lords up­date prop­er­ties fit­ted with po­ten­tial wa­ter guz­zlers. These changes will as­sist ten­ants with con­trol­ling their daily wa­ter use and stop them pay­ing for ex­tra use from leaks. Ef­fec­tive from Jan­uary 31 this year, the charges for the premises are as fol­lows:

all show­er­heads on the premises must have a max­i­mum flow rate of nine litres a minute;

all in­ter­nal cold wa­ter taps and sin­gle mixer taps for kitchen sinks or bath­room hand basins on the premises must have a max­i­mum flow rate of nine litres a minute; and

there must be no leak­ing taps on the premises at the com­mence­ment of the res­i­den­tial ten­ancy agree­ment or when the wa­ter ef­fi­ciency mea­sures are in­stalled, which­ever is the lat­ter. Ten­ants who are un­sure of whether their oc­cu­pancy meets these stan­dards can find in­for­ma­tion at www.save­wa­ter.com.au

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