What is a rooming house?
Many international students live in rooming houses and may not realise what rights they have in this type of accommodation, as they have different rights and obligations compared with other types of renting.
A rooming house is a dwelling where 4 or more people live in rented rooms, some of which might be shared. The rooming house is managed by a rooming house operator – residents usually have separate agreements with the operator. The operator can decide who can live in the property without consulting the residents. If you are paying rent for a shared room in a shared house, chances are you are living in a rooming house.
A further explanation on the different types of accommodation is in the first episode of our Know Your Rights webinar series, also on this page.