Hi all, might be different requirements from state to state. I’m in NSW. If rented out 4 properties to date (3 which are older homes to 1 agent & 1 which was a new build to another agent). Ignore the new build as it had warranty in place. Included in all the fees payable initially-letting fee, advertising fee etc. I have been charged smoke alarm and water efficiency test each time. Reasoning provided by agent: Smoke alarm: ‘of house catches fire and damages tenant items....or worse if tenant is seriously injured...assists you with insurance etc. This I don’t really mind paying $99 fee for a certificate and signed off. Water efficiency test: basically a plumber comes in and turns on the hot water and then cold water taps (bathroom, laundry and kitchen). Not sure if a certificate is provided by apparently communicates with agent that water supply ‘is sufficient’. Costs $149 from memory and takes around 45 seconds to complete (could be wrong but I was there once and that’s whats I saw). Is this necessary? Is this something people have payed for? Just after generally advice based on previous experience please.