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How to give notice
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.
You must give the rooming house operator at least two days’ notice if you want to leave the rooming house.
However, if the rooming house becomes unsafe to live in for any reason, you may give notice and leave immediately.
You can tell the operator in person that you are leaving but, if the operator asks, you must give written notice.
Although it is not compulsory, we recommend using our Notice to owner of rooming house (Word, 737KB).
If you are giving written notice, you must deliver it to the rooming house owner either by:
- electronic communication (such as email), if the operator has given consent to receive notices and other documents this way, or
- hand (giving the notice personally to the operator). If the operator is unavailable, you can leave the notice with a person who appears to be aged over 16 and residing or employed at the owner's usual or last known home or business address.
The written notice of intention to vacate must:
- be signed by you or your representative
- allow the correct amount of time to give the notice (see Notice periods below)
- give the date for you to leave.
If you give notice but do not move out, the operator can apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for an order that you move out.
If you do not give notice
If you do not give notice or want to end an arrangement earlier than the required notice, you may be liable for rent until the relevant notice period expires or a new resident moves in (whichever is earlier).
If you are on a fixed-term agreement, you may also be liable for other fees and charges. For more information, view If you do not give notice.
In cases of severe hardship, VCAT may also end a fixed-term tenancy early.
Final meter readings
If you have separate meters, you should let the utility providers know in advance when you will be moving out. Otherwise, you may be charged for services in the next billing period.
If you are a resident and want to leave your rooming house, the following table shows the minimum notice period you need to give depending on the reason.
Note: Australia Post has three different speeds for mail delivery – express, priority and regular. Allow for mail delivery times which reflect the service you choose when sending a Notice to vacate a rental property.
If the notice is being delivered by mail to a country area, you should factor in an extra two days in addition to standard delivery times.
For more information about postal delivery options and times, visit Australia Post.
Visit VCAT to view tables which help calculate the total minimum days to allow, depending on the notice period required and the method of delivery.
Reason for leaving a rooming house
Minimum notice required
The room or rooming house becomes unfit for human habitation or is destroyed to such an extent that it is unsafe.
If you otherwise want to move out of the room.