Frequently asked questions
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Where do I start?
Have you looked at the Accommodation offered by FedUni Living? We have a range of Halls located on and off campus, including self catered and semi catered. We even have Virtual Tours have a look:
If you would still like to look at private off campus properties click on Search listings. This will take you to our database you can search through the database for exactly what you’re looking for.
What is a lease and why do I need to sign one?
A tenancy agreement, also called a lease, can be in writing or verbal. If a tenancy agreement is in writing it should be in proper legal form.
Applying for a tenancy agreement:
• Carefully read and understand the tenancy agreement before you sign
• Get the landlord or agent's contact details
• Pay rent in advance
• Fill out and keep a copy of the 'Condition Report'
• If you are required to pay a bond make sure get an official receipt as above
For more information please contact Consumer Affairs, The Tenants Union or have a look at our Student Rights and Responsibilities Page
What should I do if I think something is not right?
You think there are too many people staying in the rooming house you live in. Contact FedUni Living and discuss your situation. We will help you understand your rights and may assist you by putting you in contact with Consumer Affairs or the Tenants Union. Or call them directly on 1300 55 81 81
If you think your landlord has been accessing your room without the proper notice being given. Contact FedUni Living or the Tenants Union and discuss your situation. The rules will change depending on the type of accommodation you are living in.
If you receive a 'Notice to Vacate' or any other notice and you think it is unreasonable and want to challenge the notice or you need more time you must lodge an application to VCAT. Contact VCAT on (03) 9628 9800.
Do I have to pay a bond?
Most landlords choose to charge a bond. If they choose to charge a bond you are required to pay it. A landlord must give you an official completed and signed 'Bond Lodgement' form to sign and they must lodge the bond with the Residential Tenancies Bond Authority (RTBA). They must also have a 'Condition Report' and give it to you to add comments and sign. It can be helpful to take photos of room and its current condition at the commencement of your tenancy. For more information contact Consumer Affairs, Tenants Union or have a look at our Students Legislation Page
Types of Accommodation
The Private Off Campus Accommodation Service has many different types of properties. Make sure you have a think about what you did need in a property. There are landlords offering Vacant Houses, Vacant Units, Bungalows, Shared House, Shared Unit, Short Term, Boarders and Off Campus Residence.
Listing fall under two catergories Rooms or Properties. With properties students can rent a whole house, unit, bungalow, caravan or apartment. Rooms that are listed include Shared Houses, Boarders and Rooming Houses.
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Not sure how much rent to charge?
Check what the market is doing.
Does my property come under the rules and regulations for rooming houses?
You are a rooming house owner if you have a property that has one or more rooms rented to four or more people, who each have a separate agreement. To gain more information on rooming houses, contact Consumer Affairs or your local council.
For more information please contact Consumer Affairs or have a look at our Providers Rights and Responsibilities Page.
Do I have to charge a bond?
No. But if you take a bond from your resident you must give them an official completed and signed 'Bond Lodgement' form to fill in and you must lodge the bond with the Residential Tenancies Bond Authority (RTBA). You must also prepare a 'Condition Report' and give it to the resident to add comments to and sign. It can be helpful to take photos of room and their current condition at the commencement of the tenancy. Both forms can be found on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website including more information on your requirements. For Bond Lodgement Form click here.
Do I need to enter into a lease agreement with the tenant?
A tenancy agreement, also called a lease, can be in writing or verbal. If a tenancy agreement is in writing it should be in proper legal form. Tenancy agreement forms are available from Consumer Affairs Victoria website.