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TasWater Billing & Strata Unit Tenancy

Published on April 17th, 2014

Note: I am not a lawyer and have no qualification to offer legal advice. However, if this issue is relevant, you might contact the authorities listed at the bottom of this article to pursue your stolen money. Also, I hope at least some people stop paying illegal water bills to Tasmanian landlords. This article includes research conducted by my partner and I because my property manager emailed an illegal water bill.

If you are renting a unit (in a block of units) in Tasmania there is a good chance your landlord is passing on water bills that are illegal. If so, you may even be entitled to ask for all of that money returned.

The issue is that Tasmanian landlords and property managers don’t have the right to chop up a water bill into (say six) parts. If there is only one water meter to the property then it would be illegal to merely divide the water component of that bill by (for example six) units. It would be arbitrary… either for the number of rooms (on the assumption that more rooms means more responsibility for usage), the number of tenants (assuming more people use more water) or time into the tenancy agreement (assuming a linear progression of water usage over time).

An added complication that makes this type of billing impossible (and therefore unfair) is that unit occupancies stagger through a billing period. So whatever the billing regime that calculation was based on it would be a guess. And landlords may try to dupe you by saying it’s in your Tenancy Agreement or they have sighted the bill. Or that the Act says metered to the property (a meter on the property), when it means metered to the part of the property that you are legally responsible for as a tenant.

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Derwent Valley Autumn Festival, New Norfolk

Published on April 14th, 2014

I spend a lot of time at New Norfolk so the Derwent Valley Autumn Festival down on the esplanade by the river was a fun afternoon among the crowds. OK so I hung too long around the alpacas, but there was a whole range of fine food and things to buy. I enjoyed sharing a Turkish Gozleme and later a coconut and lemon meringue… very nice. I’m a sharer. Megan bought a very nice red hat and a hand made skirt. I’m already looking forward to next year. Oh, and a six pack of Huon Dark Apple Ale from Two Metre Tall.

Kodak Tri-X 400 shot on a Bronica ETRS
Processed in 1+24 Rodinal at 22 Celcius

Alpacas at the Derwent Valley Autumn Festival

Published on April 13th, 2014

OK so who doesn’t just love the cuddly alpacas? And hey they are pretty photogenic little cuties around the Zenza Bronica ETRS. It’s going to take me a long while until I can get around the fact the alpaca industry is trying to start a market for alpaca meat. I mean, people… next we’ll be eating kittens. Hug an alpaca next chance you get.

Kodak Tri-X 400 shot on a Bronica ETRS
Processed in 1+24 Rodinal at 22 Celcius

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I shoot film photography for fun. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. Currently in pursuit of investment for a local business venture. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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