Tenant water usage bill statement: REIQ

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) welcomes the announcement from Premier Anna Bligh last night on legislative changes for the Water and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2007.

Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) managing director Dan Molloy said the legislative changes were a positive move.

“The REIQ is pleased to see the state government has recognised that the responsibility to conserve water needs to be shared more equitably between the owner and tenant and we support a user pays system,” he added.

“As part of the Residential Tenancies Act policy review earlier this year, the REIQ supported the proposal that landlords who have installed water saving devices to be able to recover water charges from their tenants,” according to the executive.

“The REIQ understands that water is an absolutely critical issue and we look forward to working constructively with all stakeholders to achieve a fair outcome for as wide a cross-section of the market as possible.

“The REIQ will continue to recommend to landlords that water-saving devices be installed in rental properties to keep water charges, and water wastage, to a minimum.”

The REIQ has been advising members about the Level 5 water restrictions this year in south east Queensland and recommended reasonable water consumption targets for rental properties given the current drought conditions.

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Marc Pallisco

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