Rooming house improvements

Rooming houses

$30 million

over three years - initiative includes supplementary funding since 2016-17 Budget Update

Rooming houses provide accommodation to those who have previously been homeless or those who are unable to maintain a regular tenancy. Yet the sector has been ignored for years and many properties fall short of modern standards.

In recent years, more stringent registration requirements have been introduced to ensure these properties are safe.

The Rooming House Operators Act 2016 requires all operators of rooming houses to pass a ‘fit and proper person’ test to obtain a licence. This legislation will better protect tenants by helping ensure operators are suitable to run rooming houses and comply with basic hygiene, safety and security standards.

The Government is now acting to strengthen oversight and provide funds to upgrade the often run-down premises being used as rooming houses.

In the 2016-17 Budget, $10 million was provided from the Victorian Property Fund (VPF) to rejuvenate 3 Melbourne rooming houses in Ascot Vale, Flemington and St Kilda.

Homes for Victorians is providing a further $20 million for the renovation of additional rooming houses. Half of this is being allocated to renovate existing Director of Housing owned properties. The other half will fund the renovation of community housing sector properties through an Expression of Interest process. This will ensure the funding is allocated competitively and provides the best return on the Government’s investment.

Fact sheet - Rooming house upgrades Fact sheet - Rooming house upgradesDOC (49.89 KB)

Contact

For more information, email socialhousingreform@dhhs.vic.gov.au