Can I rent out my QLD granny flat?
As of 26 September 2022, the Queensland Government has amended planning legislation for all Queensland Councils to enable secondary dwellings, also known as a granny flat to be occupied by a second household.
JREY town planning expert believes this will allow for some increased rental options for those who are desperate to find housing and ease the pressure on the rental market caused by the current housing shortage.
“Homeowners will be encouraged to rent secondary dwellings for the next three years under emergency planning changes expected to house thousands of Queenslanders.” – The Honourable Dr Steven Miles 23 September 2022
A homeowner will still need to ensure that their secondary dwelling complies with fire and building provisions so that the accommodation is safe for renters but this Legislation change now allows for another housing option which was not available before.
JREY expects this will become a popular option for those seeking extra income or to downsize their own home and rent out their spare space. It’s appears to be a win-win solution for those in need of housing and those wanting to provide it.
What? I couldn’t rent out my granny flat / secondary dwelling before?
This State led legislation change is contrary to a number of Council planning schemes which specifically state only one household can occupy a home. A household is generally identified as people who eat meals together (one kitchen) and do laundry together (one laundry). You can learn more about why you couldn’t rent out your granny flat under some Council’s in our Dual Occupancy vs Secondary Dwelling post.
But why wouldn’t Council’s let you rent out your granny flat previously?
Whilst many property owners will be celebrating the ability to make legal rental income from their granny flat, there may be potential unintended impacts.
The reason many Council’s choose not to enable property owners to legally rent their granny flat to another household is the property has only paid one lot of infrastructure charges. These infrastructure charges are what pays for water, roads and sewer infrastructure. By enabling homes to double in dwelling density from 1 household to 2 households, Council’s are essentially being ripped off having to provide suitable services to more than they have been compensated for.
Additionally, there are other potential impacts such as those living in suburban areas now having more neighbours, noise and traffic than they expected.
We will see how this will play out over the coming months however the writer of this would also like to see how many more of these granny flats end up on the Airbnb or short term accommodation market rather than for long term rentals and how many of those with granny flats currently were already renting to a third party without Council permission.
The State government haven’t put a restriction on numbers. I would however recommend you check your secondary dwelling is ‘legal’ and if building new that you can comply with each Council’s planning requirements for secondary dwellings.
“This amendment removes the restriction of how members of a household live together. This recognises that the relationships of occupants in a dwelling and how they interact with one another should not be considered in a planning assessment of how land is used”. – State
Where to from here?
The planning scheme changes will be reviewed after three years to ensure there were no unintended consequences and for the government to consider future housing supply.
For more information on this change or any JREY services, please contact us.