The rooming house sector is an important component of private rental housing at the lower cost end of the market. It performs a role that cannot be duplicated in the mainstream rental market. Rooming houses provide essential lower cost and accessible accommodation in Metropolitan Melbourne for many people who are excluded from other forms of rental accommodation.
This research project was commissioned by the Victorian Department of Human Services, the Cities of Yarra, Melbourne, Darebin, Stonnington and Boroondara (referred to hereafter as Inner Urban Rooming House Group). The research was prompted by two concerns: that the decline of rooming houses would create further demand for crisis, transitional and public housing, and increase pressure on health and other homeless services; and the recognition that the private rooming house sector needs support in order to provide a good standard of housing to people with complex needs.