What property charges does the renter pay for?

When it comes to renting a property, it’s not just the weekly outgoings of rent that need to be considered. Often there are costs of residing in a property that go beyond just paying to live there.

In some cases, these costs can be quite specific, depending on the property and its features.

So with that in mind, here’s a quick guide to what a renter might pay for beyond the cost of the weekly rent.


Unless otherwise specified in the rental agreement, the renter will generally pay for the utilities used at the property, including electricity, telephone, internet, and gas (if applicable).

That means, when you move into the rental property, you will need to ring each utility provider, organise an account and have these utilities transferred into your name.

You are then responsible for paying for the services, and when you leave the rental you also need to ensure the services are disconnected on or around your exit date.

Water usage

In some states and territories, the renter might also be charged for the water they use at the property, but there are conditions that apply.

In Queensland for example, if the rental occupier is to be charged for water usage:

  • It must be specified in the rental agreement
  • The property must be individually metered
  • The property must be water usage compliant

In Victoria, however, it’s slightly different. There, the rental occupier is expected to pay for the water they use and also pay a sewage disposal charge unless otherwise stated in the rental agreement.

As the rules vary depending on which state you live in, it’s worth checking your state or territory rental law to see how water usage might apply to you. 

Pool chemicals

If the property has a swimming pool, it’s also generally expected that the rental occupier will contribute to its upkeep.

Often, the property owner will pay for servicing, but the renter is expected to pay for any chemicals that are needed to maintain the pool.

It’s all in the rental agreement

The rental agreement is the document which sets out who is responsible for each of the costs associated with a rental property.

Although the above is a rough guide to how things generally work, there are occasions and properties where the charges might be handled a little differently.

For example, in some instances, utilities (such as electricity, gas or internet) might be included in the rent.

That’s why it pays to go through the rental agreement prior to signing it to ensure you’re aware of the conditions attached to the property and the rights/responsibilities associated with it.

How we can help

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We manage every property as if it were our own and you can learn more about our property management services here.

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