Landlord Rights and Responsibilities – Utility and service charges

When it comes to utility and services charges, there are varying rules around this across the country so it’s important to check your relevant state authority.

Generally speaking, however, during a tenancy, tenants are responsible for the following utility charges if the property has a separate meter (one which the supply to one property only):

  • All charges for the supply or use of electricity, gas or oil (including supply charges and reconnection fees).
  • All charges based on the amount of water consumed (but not service charges or reconnection fees).
  • All sewerage disposal charges.
  • All charges for the use of bottled gas (but not for the supply or hire of gas bottles).
  • On the other hand, if a property is not metered separately, landlords are responsible for:
    • Initial connection fees
    • Usage charges for the utilities.

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