CAN A LANDLORD CHARGE A TENANT FOR WATER USE / WATER SUPPLY AND SEWERAGE?
In general the Landlord can charge a tenant for both water usage and supply; however the sewerage charge and any levies that appear on the SA Water bill are always the responsibility of the landlord.
At the beginning of a tenancy, a landlord and tenant can reach an agreement regarding responsibility for water supply and usage. The agreement must be specifically included as a term in the lease agreement.
WHY WOULD A LANDLORD NOT PASS ON THE ENTIRE WATER USAGE TO A TENANT?
Landlords do not have to pass on water usage charges. Water costs can be taken into account before the start of tenancy.
Consider the following when calculating water usage charged to the tenant
- Does the property have a large garden that requires a lot of water to ensure its survival?
- Does the property have a pool or other high water use items?
Please contact our Property Manager, Dianne Looyestyn on 0427 011 630 for any queries.