Thus it goes to show, especially looking at other states such as Canberra, Hobart and Melbourne, just how much the nation’s property prices are also affecting individual’s property choices.
In NSW, Sydney in particular, granny flats now can also have larger “ancillary structures”* such as garages and awnings attached whereas previously only a 20sqm x 3m (H) structure was allowed. Another excellent new change was the extension permission granting an extended proximity distance of 3 metres from a parallel road boundary. In Brisbane, one carport is allowed for granny flats and one for the main dwelling. Be sure to always check with your local council in regards to size and other restrictions before constructing a separate dwelling.
Multigenerational living is becoming more common with the “baby boomers” reaching retirement age. Many families are choosing to extend their homes to make room for their elderly relatives to better care and support them affordably. Young couples are also finding it more affordable to independently step out a few metres from support and advice. This gives them the independence they need without the heavy mortgage weight on their young shoulders. Furthermore, Ipswich City Council (south of Brisbane) is now the first region to approve granny flats being rented out to non-family members without council approval.** The Brisbane City Council has proposed changes that in future granny flats may be able to be rented out to individuals not related to those residing in the main house; however, currently, you need to gain council approval to do so in Brisbane.***
There’s no reason not to make the change to better and more affordable support your family or even just extend your home or set up a home business.