Rental properties

Water Efficiency Laws for Rental Properties

The NSW Government’s plan to reduce water demand has been extended to include residential rental properties. From 31 January 2011, new legislation requires water efficiency measures to be installed in all rental properties before a tenant can be required to pay for water use. The new Residential Tenancies Act and Regulations states that in order to pass on water charges to your tenant, you must first become compliant with minimum standards for water efficiency.

The legislation requires:

  • all showerheads must have a maximum flow rate of 9 litres per minute
  • all internal cold water taps or single mixer taps must have a maximum flow rate of 9 litres per minute
  • there must be no leaking taps on the premises at the start of the rental tenancy agreement or when the water efficiency measures are installed, whichever is later.

Landlords now need to install water efficiency measures to their rented premises before starting a new lease if they want to charge their tenant for water use.

For more information see the Office of Fair Trading - 13 32 20 or www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au

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