Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane

Granny Flat Report

Australia, like other countries such as Canada and the USA, is facing a housing crisis, both in terms of supply and affordability affecting many Australians including critical community workers such as teachers, police and nurses unable to live in areas where their services are needed.

Based on the analysis from Archistar, Blackfort and CoreLogic, granny flats have the ability to quickly and affordably address some of the current housing crisis. More than 655,000 residential properties suitable for a granny flat have been identified across Australia’s three largest capitals.

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Archistar identifies Granny Flats in Australia

A Solution to Australia’s Housing Crisis

Granny flats, also known as secondary dwelling units, are self-contained living spaces typically built on the same property as a primary residence. These structures can provide affordable housing solutions, additional rental income for homeowners, and flexible living arrangements for extended families. Even if governments find a solution to the housing shortage, the demand for affordable housing will remain. Particularly among young professionals wanting to live close to where they work.

Unlocking Housing Potential in Our Cities

The potential for granny flats to make a real difference is huge. In Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane alone, over 655,000 properties have been identified as suitable for granny flat development. Meaning there are existing homes in all major cities that could accommodate an additional dwelling unit, without the need for extensive new construction. And many are located near public transport hubs and hospitals, which would make them even more appealing to potential occupants.

The Benefits of Granny Flats

Granny flats offer more than just extra housing. For homeowners, they are a source of rental income that can be used to offset mortgage costs. Or the income could be used to supplement retirement income. Alternatively, they offer affordable housing for adult children or elderly parents, who can maintain independence, while being close to loved ones. And during construction, they can have a positive impact on local communities, creating jobs and supporting local businesses.

Financial Considerations

Building a granny flat in Australia can be a smart financial move for homeowners. In addition to a supplementary income, it could also increase the value of your property. A two bedroom and one bathroom unit could increase the value of your property by up to 32 percent. Benefiting you in both the short and long term.

What You Need to Know

While the potential for granny flats in Australia is exciting, it’s important to be aware of the regulations that govern their construction. Zoning laws, property size requirements, and building codes all play a role in determining whether a granny flat is feasible for your property. It’s always recommended to consult with local authorities or professionals to ensure your project complies with all necessary regulations.

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