rooming houses

    Rooming houses and rooming house residents

    rooming house: a building where one or more rooms are available to rent, and four or more people in total can occupy those rooms. See: What is a rooming house? (Consumer Affairs website).
    rooming house resident: a person who rents a room in a rooming house as their only or main residence.
    A resident does not need to have a tenancy agreement to live in a rooming house.
    If you have a written agreement with a start date and end date (a fixed term), contact us for advice.

    Information for rooming house residents in Victoria.

    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)

    It’s a good idea to sign a written agreement when you move into a rooming house. 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)

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