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Splitting water consumption

Discussion in 'Property Management' started by joe2030, 26th Feb, 2016.

  1. joe2030

    joe2030 Well-Known Member

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    When you have a granny flat, how do you split the water consumption with the main house?
    A granny flat builder told me generally the don't install a sub water meter for the granny flat. So I need to split the water comsumption bill by ratio like number of people. Is this way common in south east QLD?
     
  2. Coconutwheels

    Coconutwheels Well-Known Member

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    Gday Joe, you'll need to install a flow meter to the granny flat if want to spilt the water consumption. Otherwise you will need to pay for all water consumption.

    Google Granny flat flow meter and you should find the company that makes then, about $100 I think.
     
  3. Marg4000

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    In Qld there are legal rules and regulations regarding passing water consumption charges on to the tenant. It has to be written in to the lease, so check with your PM who should know.
    Marg
     
  4. Xenia

    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    You can negotiate it up front. Ie an agreement for them to pay 1/3 of cost.

    There is no formula if it can't be measured. Has to be guessed and then renegotiated if one is using too much water.
     
  5. Marg4000

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    In the initial post the query regarded a property in SE Qld.
    In Queensland there is legislation that must be followed.
    Marg
     
  6. joe2030

    joe2030 Well-Known Member

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    Hi Tina and Marg, I am just asking my rental manager if this is good idea.
     
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  7. joe2030

    joe2030 Well-Known Member

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    Hi Coconutweels, If it is a good price for a flow meter, I prefer to install it because no hassle to split charge every time. I just asked the builder to get a quote for that.
     
  8. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Refer to the guide on these forums at Tenancy Tip Thursday - Who pays water? Queensland rules were discussed here.
     
  9. joe2030

    joe2030 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, DT. I've spoken to the PM that she said also installing a sub water meter would be the best option, otherwise I won't be able to charge the water bill to a tenant. Definitely I'll do it.
     
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  10. No Probs

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    You can have a plumber install a sub meter but the water corporation won't read it so you would need to take your own reading from that and split the bill accordingly.
     
  11. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Yep, the PM can read it at inspections. I take a photo of it in case it's disputed.
     
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