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2 Dolor Sit Amet Lorem Ipsum Issue | Date Issue2-2015 www.ipmtaupo.co.nz Landlordtips; WaterCharges–Whopays? Thetenantisresponsibleforoutgoingsthatareexclusively attributabletothattenant.Thisincludeselectricity,gas, phoneandmeteredwater.  Ameteredwatersupplyishowasupplierofwatercanissue achargeonthebasisofsomeone'sconsumption.Water supplierssometimeschangethewaytheychargeforwater andwastewater.  Regardlessofwhenthetenancystarted,changestotheway asupplierbillsorchargesmayhaveaneffectonwhois responsibleforpayingforwaterorwastewatercharges.This maydependonhowthebillinghaschanged,andwhatis nowdirectlyrelatedtothetenant'soccupationofthe premises.  Boththelandlordandtenantshoulddiscussthebilling changestodetermineanynewpaymentresponsibilities(i.e. whoisresponsibleforpayment-tenantorlandlord?) resultingfromthesupplier’schangeofbilling.  Thereareseveraldifferentwaysthatwatersupplierscharge forwastewateraroundthecountry. Formorespecificinformationaboutwaterchargesinyour area,contact0800TENANCY.  Landlordsareresponsibleforensuringthereisanadequate supplyofwateravailableattheirrentalproperties.Ifthe propertydoesnothaveareticulatedwatersupply,the landlordmustprovideadequatemeansforthecollection andstorageofwater.  UndertheResidentialTenanciesAct1986,atenantis responsibleforwaterchargesexclusivelyattributedtothat tenant,wherethesupplierchargesforwateronthebasisof consumption.  Source:MinistryofBusinessInnovation& Employment/Building&HousingInformation  