Share houses, boarders and lodgers
Boarders, lodgers, and share house residents face particular challenges at the best of times, and even more so now as a result of COVID-19.
- The eviction moratorium in Boarding Houses
Unfortunately, there are no new protections for residents of boarding houses after 26 March 2021.
However, if you live in a registrable boarding house, meet the COVID-19 'impacted tenant' eligibility criteria (that is, if you lost 25% income or more due to the health crisis) , and received a notice for an eviction for non-payment of fees on or before 26 March 2021, then the following extended notice periods apply for any notices of eviction received:
- 90 days written notice for most other evictions, except for evictions involving serious damage to property; illegal use of premises; or violence.
- 6 months notice for an eviction for non payment of fees (occupancy fees or rent or fees for services),
- 60 days notice for an eviction for non payment of fees if the proprietor or operator of the boarding house tried to discuss reduced fees with you during this time, but you refused to participate in 'good faith' negotiations,
- Living in share housing
Share houses will be affected in different ways depending on the legal relationships within the premises. Make sure you understand the relationships in your house: See Factsheet 15: Share housing
NSW Fair Trading has some example scenarios concerning share housing here.
See also Key topic area: Share housing.