A boarding house provides accommodation for a fee. Boarding houses are sometimes called lodging houses. A boarding house resident does not have the same control over the premises as a tenant does. Often a resident of a boarding house only has a right to occupy a room and to share other facilities such as a kitchen and bathroom.
The Boarding Houses Act 2012 aims to improve the standards of registered boarding houses by:
- establishing a publicly available register of registrable boarding houses in NSW
- increasing inspection powers for local councils
- introducing occupancy rights for people living in boarding houses
- modernizing the laws that apply to boarding houses accommodating people with ‘additional needs’.
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