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Who is responsible for the meter reading at start of tenancy?

Discussion in 'Property Management' started by FirstTimeBuyer, 23rd Mar, 2016.

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  1. FirstTimeBuyer

    FirstTimeBuyer Well-Known Member

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    Is the PM or the conveyancer (via a water search) responsible for the meter reading prior to a tenant occupying an IP straight after settlement?
     
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    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

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    Pm should do a read if water supplier wont do an out of schedule read. Most utilities will charge for this
     
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    dabbler Well-Known Member

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    Whoever is doing the conveyancing has nothing to do with the tenant or tenant related matters if the place is with vacant possession, the PM is to look after all tenant matters.
     
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    Nick Valsamis Well-Known Member

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    The PM would normally take a meter reading at the start of each tenancy.
     
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    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Water meter readings are always taken at the beginning and end of a tenancy so that tenants are charged water use for the term of that tenancy.

    This has nothing to do with apportioning water invoices for a settlement which is done by a conveyancor.

    There are 2 different scenarios in the question and each is stand alone.
     
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    in South Australia, is the tenant responsible for water usage? or there is a threshold for them ?
    thank you
     
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    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Tenant pays all water usage and supply charges in SA provided there is an individual meter
     
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    thanks Xinia, I need to charge the tenant the full water bill now, including supply fix charge? I thought the tenant only pay for usage?
     
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    Xenia Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Hi hhd
    Yes you can also charge the supply charge.
    Ensure that all charges are sent within 3 months of receiving the bill and that a copy of sa water invoice is attached with the tenant reimbursement invoice. Otherwise tenants can argue that they do not need to pay the charges.
     
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    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    Wow. Shame this isn't the case in Queensland. The usage part is the cheapest part. Our supply charge is just short of $200 per quarter per house. Supply often is under $100.
     
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    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Supply here is generally $71.60 per quarter. There's also a sewerage portion on the bill which can't be passed on.

    Another difference with Queensland is that we can bill usage for a unit not separately metered here, as long as you specify from the outset how it'll be calculated (ie 1/3 of the usage if there's 3 units). We also don't need those pesky water compliance certificates you guys have.
     
  12. FirstTimeBuyer

    FirstTimeBuyer Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for clarifying my question.
     
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