Under the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 a rooming house is a building where:
It is possible that you are a rooming house operator without even realising it; for example, if you rent out one or more rooms in your own house to four or more people.
As a rooming house operator, you will need to know about a range of laws covering property management, building maintenance, essential safety measures and systems, and residential management.
Consumer Affairs Victoria (C.A.V.) has developed a guide to help you understand the laws that apply to rooming houses. Downloaded a copy below.
A rooming house can fall into two categories, a small rooming house (Class 1b) or a large rooming house (Class 3). It is important that you work out the right category for your rooming house.
While rooming houses are covered by the legislation and regulations, they may be applied differently depending on the category your building is in.
Small Rooming House – Class 1b (BCA)
A building permit is required for a rooming house and they must also be registered with Council's Environmental Health Department.
Should you wish to establish and register a Rooming House please contact Councils Building and Health Departments.