Background of the study. rooming house operators must comply with minimum standards set out in the Residential Tenancies (Rooming House Standards) Regulations 2012. These standards relate to privacy, security, safety and amenity in rooming houses. The minimum standards apply to a rooming house and its rooms, irrespective of whether the resident is on a rooming house agreement or individual tenancy agreement.The additional information below listed as `good practice guidance' are steps operators can take to ensure their rooming house meets high standards. Operators are strongly encouraged to make these changes to their premises.Records Rooming house owners must conduct the following safety checks and make the records available to the Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria on request:
gas safety check - every two years, and keep the records (compliance certificate) for two years after the check was made, including the details of the licensed gas fitter who performed the check
electrical safety check - every five years and keep the records (compliance certificate) for five years after the check was made, including the details of the licensed electrician who performed the che
Rooming houses must be registered with the local council.
The council may inspect the rooming house to see if it meets the standards set out in the Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009. These standards include (but are not limited to):
at least one toilet for every 10 people
at least one bath or shower and one washbasin for every 10 people
continuous and adequate supply of hot and cold water to all toilet, bathing, laundry, kitchen and drinking water facilities
rooms and communal areas in a clean and well maintained condition.
Rooming houses must have adequate and well-maintained hard-wired smoke alarms to protect residents. Refer to the Building Regulations 2006 for more information.