Advice is general in nature, consult a legal practitioner for your specific circumstances.

Rooming houses

What is a rooming house?

A rooming house is a building where one or more rooms are available to rent, and four or more people in total can occupy those rooms.
What is a rooming house? [Consumer Affairs Victoria website].

What are the rules?

Rooming house operators must have a license

Before you sign, pay or move in, check if the rooming house operator is licensed:
Public register of rooming house operators [Consumer Affairs Victoria website]

Rooming houses must be registered

Before you sign, pay or move in, check if the rooming house is registered:
Search registered rooming houses [Consumer Affairs Victoria website]

Rooming houses must meet minimum standards

Check if the rooming house meets minimum standards:
Minimum standards in rooming houses [Consumer Affairs Victoria website]

Who is a resident?

A rooming house resident is a person who rents a room in a rooming house as their main or only residence.
Residential Tenancies Act 1997 – Section 3 Definitions: resident [AustLII website]

What is an agreement?

When you move into a rooming house it’s a good idea to sign a written agreement. This standard agreement includes the main legal rights and duties – what the resident must do and what the owner must do:
Rooming house residency agreement [Consumer Affairs Victoria website]

What are my rights?

You do not need a tenancy agreement to live in a rooming house, but it is possible to have one. And if you do have a tenancy agreement, the laws and your rights may be a little different.

If you have a written agreement with a start date and end date (a fixed term), and you are not sure about your rights, contact us for advice.

Advice for rooming house residents

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