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Who pays for sewerage costs and maintenance?

In rented properties, the landlord, owner or agent is generally responsible for all costs related to the supply of sewerage and drainage services.

However, if the property has a separate meter, the tenant is responsible for sewerage disposal charges. If it does not have a separate meter, the landlord is responsible for them.

If the property is in rural or regional Victoria and has a septic tank but is not connected to external sewerage infrastructure, the landlord, owner or agent must pay for sewerage disposal.

As Victoria's consumer affairs regulator, we help landlords, agents and tenants understand their rights and responsibilities.

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