Do I have to pay water tax on a rental property?

Q: I am planning on renting out my current abode as my Wife and I are moving to a bigger house. I am unsure whether I will have to pay the water tax for the rental property. I don’t want to have to pay the water charge for both properties and was hoping the Tenant would pay, is there any risk associated with this?

3rd July 2015

A: If you wish the tenant can be responsible for paying the water charge for the rental property. You will need to contact Irish water directly to explain this and instruct your tenant to do same. You should also instruct your solicitor/letting agent to include this in the lease agreement. If your tenant does not register with Irish Water the lease agreement will then give you the power to evict the Tenant on this basis.

 

To ensure your tenant registers, you can as the landlord of the property, contact Irish Water and provide the name of your tenant. Irish Water will then write to your tenant to invite them to register. This will ensure that you are no longer liable for water services charges whilst the tenant continues to be the occupant of the property.

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