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RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES ACT 1987 - SECT 49A

49A .         Lessor’s and tenant’s responsibilities in respect of public utility services

        (1)         In this section —

        GST has the meaning given in the A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999 (Commonwealth);

        public utility services has the meaning given in the Land Administration Act 1997 section 3(1).

        (2)         It is a term of every residential tenancy agreement that the tenant must pay a charge in relation to a public utility service provided to the premises only if —

            (a)         the charge is calculated by reference to consumption at the residential premises by the tenant; and

            (b)         the tenant is given notice in writing of the charge in relation to the public utility service, specifying —

                  (i)         if consumption at the premises is metered — the relevant meter reading, or readings, and the charge per metered unit; or

                  (ii)         if consumption at the premises is not metered and the lessor and tenant have agreed in writing to an alternative method of calculating the charge to be paid by the tenant — the charge calculated in accordance with the agreed method;

                and

            (c)         the tenant is provided with full details of the account for the charge including —

                  (i)         any meter readings and the charge per metered unit; or

                  (ii)         the agreed method of calculating referred to in paragraph (b)(ii),

                and the amount of GST payable in respect of the provision of the public utility service to the residential premises.

        [Section 49A inserted: No. 60 of 2011 s. 44.]



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