When House Prices Increase, Get a Granny Flat

Granny FlatConsidering that Perth gets a lift in median house price to $553,000 as of last December of 2014, the great Australian dream to own a home has only become more elusive. To make matters worse, the house prices even outstrip income growth over the past decade. It only made the dream become less attainable.

Thanks to State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009, aspiring house owners now have more affordable options. With its aim to provide practical rental and social housing, you have another option rather than join thousands of Australians on the social housing waiting list. One of the highlights of the policy is allowing the construction of accessory dwelling units (ADUs). This provides an opportunity to extend your estate. Families can now build granny flats easier and faster to accommodate parents, in-laws, other members of the family or even consider for rent as an income-generating venture.

If you are planning to put up this secondary dwelling, present a Development Application (DA) to the council and make sure it meets the following requirements:

• It is within any residential zone across the State;
GranDesignsWA.com.au says only one house and one granny flat should be on the lot;
• The combined total floor area of the house and flat adheres with the floor space area controls in the local environment plan;
• The maximum floor area of the flat should not exceed 60 sqm;
• The lot is not subdivided;
• The flat’s planning controls such as building height and setbacks, floor space ratios, and open space in the local environmental plan comply with the development provisions in the Affordable Rental Housing SEPP;
• It meets the requirements of the Building Code of Australia;
• No provision for an additional parking lot for this flat

If you want to build one for a family member or just want an extra source of income, consult the professionals whom you can rely to build it for you.

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