Return of bond for boarders / lodgers

The owner says I’m a boarder/lodger and cannot get my bond back, is this true?

Being a boarder or lodger should not affect your rights to any bond paid.

There is a difference between a tenant and a boarder or lodger and each has different rights, but not in relation to bond monies. However, as a boarder or lodger you will not have any protection under the Residential Tenancies Act if there is a disagreement.  

See the Department of Commerce publication ‘Boarders and Lodgers, a guide to your rights and responsibilities’. Under the Residential Tenancies Act, the landlord has the right to withhold your bond in certain circumstances but if you disagree you can take civil action in the courts. For more advice contact the Department of Commerce on 1300 304 054.

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