Free BEST Practice Handbook


RAAV is pleased to offer you a copy of the third edition of the Best Practice Handbook 'Running a better rooming house: A best practice hand book for operators' at no charge.

Best Practice handbook proving popular


The Handbook has been welcomed as an easy- to-read 24 page publication which provides information and tips on operating a better rooming house.

  • The third edition of the Handbook contains the new Standards which were introduced 1n 2013 together with best practice tips for all the Standards. The Handbook also includes more information about health issues in rooming houses, safety and fire checks, international students in rooming houses, more about house rules, hoarding in rooming houses and tips from the police when dealing with aggressive behaviour.
  • The handbook also includes previous information about handling disputes, getting along with neighbours, the business of running a rooming house, developing a business plan (including a SWOT analysis), controlling maintenance costs and selecting and maintaining managers and residents.

The Handbook has been compiled from extensive research with rooming house operators and stakeholders and contains:

  1. Understanding rooming houses
  2. The business of running a rooming house
  3. Meeting your obligations
  4. Selecting and maintaining manager and residents
  5. Student accommodation in rooming houses
  6. Day to day management
  7. Helping residents access support services
  8. Handling disputes
  9. Useful contacts

The purpose of the Handbook is to:

  • help you improve your rooming house operations
  • encourage you to review your social and legal obligations
  • raise standards within the private rooming house sector
  • provide an incentive to increase the number of registered rooming houses in Victoria.

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