What is a rooming house?
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.
A rooming house resident is 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.
The Minister for Housing can also declare a property as a rooming house.
Also, in most rooming houses:
- residents share bathrooms, kitchens, laundries and other common areas
- the owner and their family do not generally live on the premises, and
- separate rental agreements may exist for different residents.
A rooming house resident can have:
- an ‘exclusive room right’, where they occupy the room alone or with people they choose to share it with
- a ‘shared room right’, where the rooming house owner can choose the other occupants of the room.
Before you agree to move into a rooming house, the owner must give you a:
Sharing a room in a rooming house
If you have a shared room right, the notice you receive from the owner must state:
- the maximum number of people you can share with
- that the owner has the right to choose the other residents of the room
- that the owner does not have to notify you of another person moving into the room
- how much rent you will pay
- the rent payable if it were not a shared room.
Download a Rooming house residency agreement (Word, 782KB)
To find a registered rooming house, use our Public register of rooming houses search.