Penalties

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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 Report your rooming house concerns.

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 Indexation of fees and penalties - Department of Treasury and Finance.