Refusal of licence - rooming house operators

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Existing operator refused licence

If your application is not successful, you will be notified via email. You will be refunded the licence fee and may be partially or fully refunded the application fee/s.

Within seven days of the BLA's decision to refuse your licence, you must issue the appropriate notices to vacate in 120 days (either to tenants or residents).

If you give this notice within the required time, and do not withdraw it (other than where you issue another, shorter, valid notice to vacate, for example because a resident has caused damage), you will not be committing an offence of operating without a licence during the 120 day notice period.

Application for review of decision

If your application is refused by the BLA, you may be able to apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for review of the BLA's decision in very limited circumstances.

You must show that the BLA relied on false information about you in determining that you failed to meet the licence qualification criteria. For example, if your application is refused by the BLA on the grounds that you were convicted of a serious criminal offence of the type set out in either section 17 or section 18 of the Rooming House Operators Act 2016, you could appeal that decision if you can show you were not convicted of the offence.

You can apply to the BLA to provide a copy of the reasons for its decision.

Important: If you wish to apply to VCAT for a review of the decision, you must do so within 28 days of:

  • the determination date, or
  • the day the BLA provides its reasons to you, or advises you that it will not provide reasons.

After VCAT’s decision

If your review is successful, you will receive a licence for a three year period.

If your review is unsuccessful, you will need to issue notices to vacate to residents or tenants within seven days of VCAT's decision to uphold the determination of the BLA.

For information on closing your rooming house and ending your licence, view our Closing a rooming house page.

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