Boarding houses provide accommodation for a fee.
Usually a resident only has a right to occupy a room and share other facilities such as a kitchen and bathroom, they do not have the same rights as tenants.
To make sure boarding houses are maintained to high standards,
Houses Act 2012 has:
a public register of boarding houses in NSW
inspection powers for local councils
occupancy rights for people living in boarding houses
the laws that apply to boarding houses accommodating people with
Download the Living in a
Boarding House brochure (PDF, 894.15 KB). It explains the
basic rights of boarding house residents and where to get more information
is a registrable boarding house?
There are two types of ‘registrable’ boarding houses covered by
Houses Act 2012. These are:
boarding houses – accommodate five or more paying residents,
excluding the proprietor, the manager and members of their families.
General boarding houses do not include hotels, motels, backpackers’
hostels, aged care homes or other types of premises excluded by the Act.
boarding houses – accommodate two or more persons with
additional needs. A person with additional needs has a
disability such as an age related frailty; a mental illness and/or an
intellectual, psychiatric, sensory or physical disability, and needs
support or supervision with daily tasks and personal care such as
showering, preparing meals or managing medication. Assisted boarding
houses are licensed by NSW Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC), which
is part of the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS).
The Boarding House Register is a public list of general and
assisted boarding houses providing information about:
- the name
and address of the boarding house
boarding house proprietor
the boarding house is a general boarding house or an assisted boarding
- the local
council areas in which the boarding house is located.
To search the Register, go to the accommodation
Local councils are responsible for approving new boarding houses
and enforcing safety and accommodation standards in existing boarding houses.
They also have the power to fine operators if they are unregistered and order
them to meet building, safety and accommodation standards.
Fair Trading and ADHC have developed a Guide for
Councils (PDF, 509.22 KB) which has contact and background
information on the Act and the Regulation. The Boarding house
inspections fact sheet (PDF, 170.82 KB) will help councils
develop a boarding house inspection program. An inspection
report template (RTF, 157.29 KB) is also available.
If you have concerns about a boarding house in your area,
contact your local council. The Local
Government Directory has the contact details for all
councils in NSW.
If the boarding house has a swimming pool, it needs to be
registered with the NSW Government's Swimming Pool Register and comply with
pool safety laws. Go to the pool safety
checklists page on the Swimming Pool Register website for more
View or download the Boarding Houses Act 2012 and the
Boarding House Regulation 2013 on the NSW Legislation
Source: -- https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/housing-and-property/strata-and-community-living/boarding-houses
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Friday, 3 May 2019