Ensuring Efficiency: Essential Updates to Residential Tenancy Legislation

By Property Manager, Rachel Moore.

Real estate stands as a well-entrenched investment option in Australia. However, it’s imperative to be well-versed in your obligations and entitlements as a landlord, particularly in relation to utility expenses and adherence to regulations. Ensuring that your rental property is equipped with energy and water-efficient appliances is now an integral part of the tenancy laws. Below, we provide the essential information you should be aware of.

Enhanced Water Efficiency Measures

As a landlord, legislation requires that you are responsible for ensuring that all taps and toilets on the property meet the minimum standards for water efficiency which are;

  • Leaks: There cannot be any leaking taps or toilets anywhere on the property at the start of a tenancy, or when other water efficiency measures are installed, repaired or upgraded.
  • Showerhead: maximum flow rate of 9L per minute
  • Taps: maximum flow rate of 9L per minute for all internal cold water taps and single mixer taps for kitchen sinks and bathroom hand basins*

*the 9L per minute flow rate does not apply to other taps on the property including;

  • Bathtub
  • Laundry sink
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machines
  • External/garden taps
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Upcoming Requirement in March 2025

Looking ahead to March 2025, it’s vital to prepare for another significant change. By this date, all toilets in rented properties must be dual flush and have a minimum 3-star rating, as per the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme.

This rating system helps consumers make informed choices about the water efficiency of products they purchase.

Proactive Steps for Landlords

To ensure compliance with these regulations and remain proactive: 

  • If you plan to replace or upgrade existing toilets in your property, consider installing dual flush toilets with a minimum three-star WELS rating to meet the upcoming water efficiency requirements by 2025. 
  • The WELS website offers a convenient product search feature. This allows you to look up water rating information for various items, including taps, toilets, showers, flow controllers, clothes washing machines, and dishwashers. 
  • The search will provide detailed information about the toilet, including its star rating and flushing device.

Take Action Now 

March 2025 is approaching faster than you may think. Being proactive and working closely with our Property Management Team can help ensure your properties remain water efficient and compliant with these new requirements. 

Our Property Management team at Flemings are here to help all of our current and prospective landlords. To ensure that you are up to date with the latest legislative requirements, please contact your local Flemings office today.