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Unlicensed operators

We will enforce the requirement for rooming house operators to be licensed.

Operating a rooming house without a licence will be a serious criminal offence, attracting significant penalties.

You can report suspected unlicensed operators via our Report your rooming house concerns page.

Penalties for unlicensed operating

The maximum penalty for an individual operating a rooming house without a licence is two years’ jail, or a fine of 240 penalty units (over $39,600).

A body corporate which operates while unlicensed faces a maximum fine of 1,200 penalty units (over $198,000).

The value of a penalty unit is $165.22 for financial year 2019-20. This amount will change at the start of each financial year. For more information, visit the Indexation of fees and penalties page on the Department of Treasury and Finance website.

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