Rent The amount of rent, and how it should be paid, must be stated in the tenancy agreement. There are rules for rent increases and in some circumstances the rent may be decreased. There are also rules about the non-payment of rent. Other bills The tenant may have to pay for electricity and/or gas (and arrange connection). A tenant may be charged for water if the property is individually metered (or water is delivered by vehicle) and the rental property is water efficient. There are a number of payment options for properties with solar power. The property manager/owner pays for rates, property insurance and land tax. The tenant pays for contents insurance (if required for their possessions).