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  • Profile photo of tom123tom123
    Join Date: 2013
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    Does anyone know much about having granny flats in Victoria? the laws that go with them?

    I’m thinking about purchasing a property that has a 2 bed granny flat at the back of the property but i’m unsure of what legally needs to be in place to have it there. as in what i would need to do to have 2 tenancy agreements 1 for the granny flat and 1 for the main house. is their any articles or websites that specialise in granny flat dwellings?

    Cheers, Tom

    Profile photo of MikesoneMikesone
    Join Date: 2012
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    Hi Tom,

    The opportunity to rent out a granny flat is only available in NSW, Tasmania, the Northern Territory (in the city of Fremantle, Perth. Tasmania and NT have more restrictions in place than NSW, such as the flat having to share connections to essential services with the main house). Victoria, South Australia and Queensland, such arrangements are forbidden. In these states granny flats are deemed to be legal dwellings only for dependants of the owner, with their occupiers usually the householder’s adult children or elderly parents.

    The following are general regulations that pertain to the development of granny flats across most local councils:

    Granny flats can be built only on Residential Zone property
    Must be self-contained, meaning it has a separate entrance as well as bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and living area.
    Each residential property is limited to one granny flat
    The block must be at least 450m2 to build a granny flat and the combined total floor area of the house and the granny flat complies with the floor space area controls in the local environment plan
    The owner of the granny flat must also be the owner of the primary dwelling
    The granny flat can have no more than 60m2 of living space. However, patios, verandas or carports can be attached in addition to that allowance
    Granny flats cannot exist on strata title, subdivided or community title property
    Granny flats cannot be built on unoccupied land or on a property used for commercial purposes
    Granny flats can be attached to the primary dwelling, or can be free standing
    Granny flats must have clear, separate and unobstructed pedestrian access
    The granny flat meets the requirements of the Building Code of Australia.

    I hope this helps.


    P.S. I found this information through various sites online as I was researching Granny Flats VIC myself.

    Profile photo of tom123tom123
    Join Date: 2013
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    very valuable information, Thanks a lot Mike for your comment!

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