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Upholding rooming house standards


Rooming house tenants are some of our community’s most vulnerable people and rooming house minimum standards are in place to help protect them. These standards relate to privacy, security, safety and amenity in rooming houses.

This year we inspected 621 rooming houses across Victoria, to ensure they complied with rooming house minimum standards.

We took action against SLM Housing Pty Ltd ACN 155 513 992, formerly one of Victoria’s largest rooming house operators, for offences primarily relating to rooming houses that failed to comply with minimum standards in residents’ rooms, common areas and facilities. SLM Housing also failed to display signs advising residents of their rights.

In December 2016, SLM Housing was found guilty of 126 charges for failing to comply with requirements under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997, relating to a number of breaches of the minimum standards at 25 rooming houses it operated.

SLM Housing was convicted in the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court and ordered to pay an $80,000 fine, as well as legal costs totalling more than $16,000.

View the SLM Housing Pty Ltd - Court action.