For many years, community agencies have held serious concerns about living conditions in Melbourne’s rooming houses. Anecdotal reports have suggested that violence, illegal evictions, poorly maintained properties, unhygienic living conditions and high rents are common.

The results of this study paint a bleak picture of living conditions within Melbourne’s rooming houses. The quality of accommodation offered by the majority of the rooming houses surveyed was found to be unacceptable.

Jon Deakin, HomeGround Inner North Housing Coordinator, coordinated the survey process, undertook the initial data analysis and prepared the first draft of the report. Independent researcher and writer Bill Snaddon prepared subsequent drafts. HomeGround’s Service Development Manager, Mark Planigale, prepared the final draft. Jon Deakin provided substantial assistance with drafts.

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