Water Usage Charges - Gold Coast

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  1. Sady.Sydney

    Sady.Sydney Well-Known Member

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    I have received water bill from Gold Coast Council for my IP as per below. Can I charge both amounts to the tenant? If not, which amount could be charged?

    LOCAL GOVERNMENT DISTRIBUTION AND RETAIL PRICE

    WATER USAGE CHARGES
    26 kilolitres charged at $1.09 per kL $28.34
    (usage period 10/10/19 to 14/1/20)

    STATE BULK WATER PRICE
    WATER USAGE CHARGES
    26 kilolitres charged at $3.017 per kL $78.44
    (usage period 10/10/19 to 14/1/20)
     
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  2. Michael Mitchell

    Michael Mitchell Property Manager Business Member

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    Consumption & State Gov. Bulk Water Charges only, providing you meet the RTRA Act guidelines for charging tenants for usage.

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    Pumpkin Well-Known Member

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    I'd rather not charge them and build into the Rent. Just too much hassle.
     
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  4. Sady.Sydney

    Sady.Sydney Well-Known Member

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    They are already paying little below market rate so I unfortunately can't consume it
     
  5. The Gambler

    The Gambler Well-Known Member

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    Is your IP an apartment or a house? If it's the former, I'd say you're out of luck because your apartment most likely doesn't have individual meters installed. If it's a house and compliant with the laws then your PM should have been on top of this. Are you self managing?
     
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    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    You'd prefer to run the risk of the tenant running up $hundreds for water usage?
     
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    Sady.Sydney Well-Known Member

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    It's townhouse with separate water meter. I will be asking PM to seek payment from the tenant but wasn't sure which component should be paid by the tenant.
     
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    gman65 Well-Known Member

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    Can't..unless it was on the original lease for the tenant to pay water usage.
     
  9. TMNT

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    Your PM will know (god i hope so)
    Its beyond Property Management 101
     
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  10. Fernfurn

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    We have an individual water meter in townhouse on Gold Coast, tenants have always paid bill according to their contract, but latest tenant (well versed in all his entitlements) despite signing contract to say he would pay insisted we have an expert test all the taps etc to see if they were up to standards for water consumption. We were water compliant, it cost us $$$ and then he strung out payment until after the next bill, so he is always one behind.
     
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    significance Well-Known Member

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    Here's a fact sheet with the relevant information: Water charging fact sheet | Residential Tenancies Authority
    This applies both to State Bulk Water Charges and Water Use Charges. The fact sheet explains what counts as "water efficient" premises.
     
  12. Michael Mitchell

    Michael Mitchell Property Manager Business Member

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    The tenant is required to pay the water bill within 30 days, if they don't, give them a Form 11, and then another one next time it happens, and assuming they do end up paying the bills, if this has now occurred twice within a 12 month period and you want to evict them, you can use this to apply to QCAT to terminate the tenancy for repeated breaches. Also, the next rental they apply for and put you as a reference, won't be positive as they were issued with a number of notice to remedy breaches. Tenants seldom think how their current behaviour will effect their future prospects..even when explained to them.
     
  13. Tom Rivera

    Tom Rivera Property Manager Business Member

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    @Michael Mitchell Ha! I just wrote out a very similar comment in response to Fernfurn before realizing you'd already responded :D 100% agree!
     
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