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If you pay for a bed in a property which...

If you pay for a bed in a property which has beds for five or more residents (not counting the proprietor, manager or any relatives of proprietor or manager if they also reside at the premises) then you may have rights as a resident of a boarding house under the Boarding Houses Act 2012 (NSW). There are 12 Occupancy Principles under the Act.

Although boarding house residents have fewer rights than tenants, at least under this legislation there are now some rights. Generally, you can tell the difference between, say, a share house and a boarding house because a boarding house is run as a business enterprise.

This pocket card is produced by Tenants NSW who have also produced a Factsheet on boarding houses. You can get a copy from your local Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service and some NSW public libraries.

For more information about Housing you can also visit the Find Legal Answers website.