Boarding houses resources


These two factsheets are the best place to start:




Boarding Houses GuideThe Inner Sydney Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service at Redfern Legal Centre produces the Boarding Houses and the Law guide which explains the ins and outs of the Boarding Houses Act 2012, as well as other laws that can apply to boarding houses. It covers things like:

  • What places are and aren’t covered by the Boarding Houses Act
  • The differences between being a tenant and a boarding house resident
  • How consumer laws apply to Boarding Houses
  • The Register of Boarding Houses
  • The Occupancy Principles
  • Taking disputes to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal
  • Sample letters and a number of useful resources and contacts.




Occupancy principles poster

At the back of The NSW Boarding Houses Act 2012 (in Schedule One) is a list of occupancy principles applicable to all registrable boarding houses in NSW. If you live in a boarding house and you do not have a residential tenancy agreement then these 12 principles set out your basic entitlements as a resident:



Brochure, poster and small card

This brochure, poster, and card summarise boarding house residents' rights; they were made in collaboration with Newtown Neighbourhood Centre and a group of inner west boarding house residents:




Renting Matters is a series of podcasts produced by the Tenants’ Union of NSW and Legal Aid NSW. The series is part of Legal Aid NSW's Law for Community Workers on the go. Renting Matters features tenants and workers from across the Tenants' Advice and Advocacy Service Network, the Tenants' Union and the community sector. These episodes may be of use to boarding house residents and supporters. 



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