Hey Gang Some of you already know me from SS. Anyway one of my leases for a boarding house is a mess right now. We have a retail lease which I told the owners I didn't think appropriate for a boarding house anyway but now we are in the process of ending it. Council inspected and referred back to the DA and realised that our granny flat was never approved as accommodation and should always have been just a "staff lounge room" despite having a full kitchen and bathroom. Owners have now decided it's all too much hard work and want to end the use of the house as a boarding house. We are trying to negotiate a reduction in our rent due to the loss of the studio part of our boarding house while we also negotiate when we will end the lease and move everything out of the rest of the property. Owners are not playing ball. I'm sure I had read somewhere that if someone was found to be earning money off an unapproved granny flat or illegal house division etc then the tenant can apply for all the rent paid to be returned. Is this correct or my imagination? Where would I find this info. Might not apply I guess with this silly retail lease but for the five previous years we paid rent we were on a residential lease.