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Land may be exempt from land tax if it is used and occupied as a registered rooming house.

A request for exemption must satisfy the Commissioner of State Revenue that the land is used and occupied:

Special land tax of 5% of the value of the land may apply if this exemption ceases.

Apply for an exemption

To apply for a rooming house exemption via My Land Tax, you must provide:

  • The land tax years for which the exemption is sought.
  • The address of the premises in which the low cost accommodation is provided.
  • A description of the physical structure and facilities of the premises (i.e. number of rooms, whether any parts of the property are used for purposes other than the rooming house).
  • The number and types of people for whom the accommodation is provided.
  • The maximum weekly tariffs charged for the accommodation and the type of accommodation covered by the tariffs (i.e. full board and lodging or lodging only).
  • Certificate(s) of registration as a rooming house issued under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 for each of the tax years in respect of which the exemption is sought.
  • An occupancy register, or similar record, which accurately details the length of stay and the tariffs paid by each resident for the period in which the exemption is sought.
  • A copy of the residency agreement and/or any house rules that residents must abide by.
  • Details about the circumstances and arrangements in which the accommodation is made available.
  • A copy of any brochures or promotional material advertising the property.
  • Documentary evidence, such as letters from housing or welfare agencies, to show that residents at the property are on low incomes.
  • A plan of the property identifying areas used for rooming house purposes and areas used for any other purposes.

Maximum permitted tariff

The rooming house exemption applies only if the tariff charged per person for weekly accommodation does not exceed the maximum permitted tariff.

Single accommodation

The following table specifies the maximum permitted tariff for single weekly accommodation in a rooming house.

Land tax year Maximum weekly tariff for lodging only - per person Maximum weekly tariff for full board and lodging - per person
2020 $326.69 $490.04
2019 $320.71 $481.06
2018 $313.04 $469.56
2017 $306.99 $460.48
2016 $303.45 $455.18
2015 $299.01 $448.51
2014 $289.49 $434.23
2013 $270.41 $405.62
2012 $262.08 $393.12
2011 $250.64 $375.95

Shared accommodation

The following table specifies the maximum permitted tariff for shared weekly accommodation in a rooming house.

Land tax year Maximum weekly tariff for lodging only - per person Maximum weekly tariff for full board and lodging - per person
2020 $246.23 $369.34
2019 $241.75 $362.62
2018 $235.97 $353.96
2017 $231.42 $347.13
2016 $228.73 $343.09
2015 $225.40 $338.10
2014 $218.19 $327.29
2013 $203.84 $305.76
2012 $197.58 $296.36
2011 $188.93 $283.40

The maximum permitted tariff for rooming houses for both single and shared accommodation is 70% of the Commonwealth aged pension rate for lodging only and 105% cent of the Commonwealth aged pension rate for full board and lodging. This is adjusted each year based on the relevant previous September quarter pension level (i.e. the maximum permitted tariff for 2020 is based on the pension level for the September 2019 quarter).

Rooming house residency agreement

Consumer Affairs Victoria has developed a model rooming house residency agreement setting out the rights and obligations of rooming house owners, operators and residents.

Last modified: 22 January 2020
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