A building where one or more rooms are available for rent, each tenant pays rent and four or more people may occupy those rooms. In most rooming houses, residents share communal facilities such as bathrooms and kitchens. Rooming house accommodation is covered by the Residential Tenancies Act (1997). Rooming Houses must be registered with the local government authority and must comply with the minimum standards set in the Residential Tenancies (Rooming House Standards) Regulations 2012. For more information in relation to registering a rooming house contact your local council or Consumer Affairs Victoria.
Under Lease Agreement
A tenancy agreement, or lease is where a landlord/provider lets their premises out for residential purposes to a tenant. Tenancies are covered by the Residential Tenancies Act (1997).
In a boarding arrangement, a person rents a room and the owner lives in the property. The boarder and owner have a private agreement, boarding situations do not fall under the Residential Tenancies Act (1997), although may be covered under certain provisions of Australian Consumer Law.
To help make your listing appealing provide detailed information about the property. Keep your points concise and simple, dot points to describe the property can be helpful.
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For larger commercial providers (more than 10 rooms) you also have the opportunity to complete a 'Special Features Checklist' to highlight particular aspects of your listing. More details are available when you register as a provider.
Accommodation Services is unable to provide advice on the pricing of individual listings. We do recommend that you have a look at similar listings on the off-campus accommodation database and external rental websites. This will help you to assess the features in your accommodation against other comparable properties.
If you find you are receiving a low number of enquiries you may like to reassess your rental price.
All advertisements are reviewed by Accommodation Services prior to being approved for the database. We aim to check and approve listings within 72 hours of the accommodation being offered.
Each listing will be live on the off-campus accommodation database for 60 days. You will receive an email prior to the listings expiry date, at which stage you will have the option to renew the offer of accommodation.
If you lease the room or property prior to the expiry of advertisement please ensure to log back into the service to remove the listing. Updating listings helps to ensure the database retains only current listings.
Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) is responsible for administering the Residential Tenancies Act (1997).
Visit Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) online, phone 1300 558181 or visit CAV at 113 Exhibition Street, Melbourne.
CAV publications are available in many languages.