We've found a private rental but are renting directly from the landlords and not via agents. We're going over to discuss the weekly rent (they originally told us $450 but have since seen another agent who's told them it's worth $500 so we're hopefully meeting halfway) and they've now mentioned that we'll also be discussing water fees (they have a pool and mentioned re-filling it) and possibly a handyman maintenance fee. I've been on the government rental advice pages and know that the landlords are liable for all sewage costs but what's the 'norm' for water fees from landlords? I thought it was simply that tenants are liable for all usage. Also is it reasonable for tenants to have to pay for the handyman maintenance fees - again, I thought it was the landlords responsibility to maintain the property. The weekly rent is already at the top end of our budget and we've never had a pool before so don't want to sign up to high unexpected running costs. It's a salt chlorinated pool - they said we could pay a fee for maintenance or maintain ourselves but we haven't yet got a clue what's involved - i.e. will we need to pay for expensive chemicals to clean it?!
Any advice greatly appreciated.