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Who pays for the council rates and utilities (water, gas, electricity)?

The landlord will ultimately be responsible for the payment of any charges that are incurred on their property, regardless of whether the property is occupied or not.  These charges include property rates and council fee or fixed waste water charges.

The tenant is usually responsible for the payment of any charges that are incurred by their usage, such as electricity, gas, telephone and water usage charges (when the water supply to a property is metered and usage is recorded).

Terms surrounding the payment of these utilities must be mentioned in your Tenancy Agreement, if you are to pay these charges.
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