Water ChargesLessors are be able to pass on full water consumption costs to tenants where:
• The premises are individually metered; and
• The tenancy agreement states the tenant must pay for water consumption; and
• The premises are water efficient.
For premises to be deemed as being water efficient, toilets, shower heads and internal cold water taps (including single mixer taps but excluding bath tub taps and taps for appliances) must:
– Have a 3 star WELS rating or higher under the Water Efficiency and Labeling Standards Scheme (WELS); or
– Be of equivalent performance
– internal cold water taps and single mixer taps(excluding bathtub taps and taps for appliances) and shower heads must have a maximum flow rate of 9 litres per minute
– toilets must have dual flush function that does not exceed 6.5 litres on full flush and 3.5 litres on half flush and has s maximum average flush volume of 4 litres (based on the average of 1 full flush and 4 half flushes).
To reflect these changes a number of RTA forms have been changed to incorporate the new information about water charging.
The forms which have changed are:
• Entry Condition Report (Form 1a)
• Exit Condition Report (Form 14a)
• General Tenancy Agreement (Form 18a)
Changes have also been made to “Renting a home: A tenant’s guide to the rules for renting in Queensland (also known a the Information Statement – Form 17a)
For further information on water charging visit residential tenancies authority www.rta.qld.gov.au or Queensland Water Commission website www.qwc.qld.gov.au .