Rooming houses and rooming house residents
rooming house: a building where one or more rooms are available to rent, and four or more people in total can occupy those rooms. See: What is a rooming house? (Consumer Affairs website).
rooming house resident: 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.
If you have a written agreement with a start date and end date (a fixed term), contact us for advice.
If the rooming house owner wants you to move out of the rooming house, they must give you a written Notice to Vacate.
There are a number of reasons why the owner may give you notice to vacate, and the amount of time that you are given to move out will depend on the reason for the notice and whether or not you have a tenancy agreement for your room. If you receive a Notice to Vacate, contact us for advice as soon as possible.
If the notice has not been filled in correctly or it has not been given to you in the proper way it may be invalid. See ‘Serving a notice’ in this publication for more information
Just because you are given a Notice to Vacate, it doesn’t always mean that you have to move out. The rooming house owner must apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal for a Possession Order if they want to evict you.
The rooming house owner can give an immediate Notice to Vacate if you or a visitor of yours does one or more of the following:
Even though it is called an Immediate Notice to Vacate, you do not have to leave immediately. The owner/manager must apply to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal for a Possession Order if they want to evict you.
The Tribunal will not give the owner a Possession Order unless the owner can prove that you or your visitor caused one of the problems listed above. If you are given an Immediate Notice to Vacate you should contact us for urgent advice.
A 2-day Notice to Vacate can be given when:
The owner can give you a 60-day Notice to Vacate if immediately after the 60th day the rooming house will be:
However, you can only be given a 60-day Notice to Vacate if:
The owner can give a 120-day Notice to Vacate for no specific reason if:
If you think that you have been given a 120-day Notice to Vacate in retaliation for exercising your rights as a resident (eg asking for repairs), you can challenge the notice. However you must do this within 60 days from the day that you received it.
A Notice to Vacate must be given to you in person or sent by registered mail. The notice must be in writing and be signed and dated by the owner. It must also state the reason why you are being asked to leave (unless it is a 120-day Notice to Vacate).
If the notice is sent by mail, the date on the notice must allow for an extra 2 business days for delivery (a business day is any day from Monday to Friday, except for public holidays). If the Notice to Vacate does not meet all these requirements, it may be invalid.
If you live in a rooming house and you need information or advice call us on 9411 1444 and ask for Outreach. Or leave a message and the Outreach worker will contact you.
Please note our service is closed weekends and public holidays.