The Houseme database offers accommodation providers a free place to advertise their vacant room/property to Deakin students. Providers can register and sign into the site to add, edit or close a listing. Students can contact providers directly for more property information and to arrange an inspection. Accommodation providers are responsible for adding, editing and closing their listings themselves.
Properties will remain on the Houseme database for 6 weeks. You can edit, or close it at any time during this period. If you have not leased your property at the end of the 6 week period, you will be sent an email and given the option to re-list your property for another 6 weeks.
All accommodation providers are welcome to use our site to advertise a property, including students, private accommodation providers, real estate agents and other housing services. You will need to register and sign into the site to add or review a listing.
We do not screen or match students to any listing or accommodation provider. The database assists the student by allowing them to search for suitable listings based on their individual needs. It is then up to the accommodation provider to screen the student and decide if they are a suitable tenant for the property.
Students have varying needs when it comes to their accommodation, but generally, students look for accommodation that is:
No. The only, and best, place to advertise your student accommodation is on the Houseme database. Advertisements found elsewhere around the University campus will be removed.
Check out what the market is doing. Try realestate.com.au, or you can also do a search on the Houseme database to see what similar properties are advertised at.
The Residential Tenancies Act states that you can only charge individual tenants separately for electricity and gas if the facilities are separately metered.
Yes. If you take a bond from your tenant you are required by law to provide them with a 'Bond Lodgement' form to sign. You are required to lodge the bond with the Residential Tenancies Bond Authority (RTBA) within 10 working days of the tenancy start date.
A 'Condition Report' should accompany any bond and is used to prove the condition of the property/room prior to, and at the completion of, a tenancy. Both the accommodation provider and tenant must complete and sign the form. It can be helpful to take photos of the property/room to be used as additional evidence of the current condition at the commencement of the tenancy. Free Room Condition Reports and Bond Lodgement forms are online from Consumer Affairs Victoria.
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. Free Residential Tenancy Agreements are available online from Consumer Affairs Victoria.
You are a rooming house operator if you have a property that has one or more rooms rented to four or more people, who each have a separate agreement. Have a read of rooming house information for everything you need to know.
Subletting arrangements are illegal without the written consent of the property owner. As we are unable to verify if consent has been given, we do not allow subletting arrangements to be listed on the Houseme database.
You can find out about what is required of you as an accommodation provider at Consumer Affairs Victoria. Additionally, you can find some more helpful information in our forms and publications section.
The first time you use the site you will be required to complete an accommodation provider registration. If you are already registered, you will simply need to log back into your Houseme account. Then:
Please note: We do not provide accommodation providers with advice on current rental market rates. If you would like some guidance with what to charge, please visit the Houseme site or other real estate web pages for comparable property prices.
If you have forgotten your password, simply click the ‘Forgot your Password’ link where you sign into the site.
The advertisement that the students see on the database is the first impression they will have of your property. It is important to provide as much information and detail as possible. Include anything you feel will make your property more appealing to students seeking accommodation. Keeping it simple, but informative is best, and clear dot point’s work very well, as international students will also be viewing your property on the database.
Describing your property
After you have populated a number of pre-defined fields, you will need to include some text in the ‘Details’ section of your listing. You could consider:
There is an option for you to upload photos with your advertisement and it is well worth it. Many students will disregard listings that don’t include photos, plus, adding photos to your listing will make it display before listings that don’t include photos in the search results. We would strongly recommend including photos, preferable showing the bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and living areas. Including photos allows the student get a better idea of the accommodation you are providing.
To assist students with their property search, you can have badges added to your listings. This will allow you to target specific students and allow them to find your property more efficiently, plus badges move your listing closer to the top of the search results. Once your listing has been approved you will be sent an approval email asking you to reply and comment YES on NO on the badges below. We will then badge your listing accordingly.
Students can search by the following badges-
You can only edit or make changes to your listing once it has been approved to go live on the site. To make changes (including adding photos) you will need to log into your Houseme account. From your dashboard, click on the address of the current listing you wish to change. Click on 'make changes' on the right hand side of the screen. Make the changes you wish and submit them for review. Changes can take up to 3 business days to be approved.
The Houseme site allows each accommodation provider to maintain their own listing/s. Once your vacancy has been filled you are required to login to the Houseme site and close your listing. The listing will stay on your dashboard, allowing you to re-list the property again in the future.