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.
If a rooming house owner wants you to change from an exclusive occupancy right to sharing your room with more residents (that you have not chosen), they must give you a Notice to rooming house resident - consent to increase in room capacity (Word, 425KB). This form should, among other things:
- request your agreement (you do not have to agree)
- offer a lower rent, starting from the date of the change
- inform you that the owner has the right to choose the other residents of the room.
Before you sign this form, make sure the reduction in rent is worth it. If you think the rent is still excessive, you may ask Consumer Affairs Victoria to conduct a rent assessment.
Every affected resident must complete a Notice to rooming house resident - consent to increase in room capacity (Word, 425KB) before the change can happen. After agreeing, you have three days where you can change your mind. The notice seeking consent expires after 14 days.
If you agree, you may start sharing your room with more residents seven days after the last resident agrees to the increase. Your rent must therefore be reduced.
The number of people sharing a room cannot be changed if:
- the consent to increase in room capacity form is not valid
- consent is not obtained from all residents in the room
- the increased number of people sharing the room is against the law, as described by the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009.