Mythbusting Granny Flats

November 12, 2019

In recent years, strong housing price growth and the need for affordable housing has driven a rise in the popularity of Granny Flats across NSW and the ACT.

A Granny Flat is a positive investment, whether you’re looking to increase the value of your property or need a separate living space for family members.

As the popularity of Granny Flats grows, so too does the second-hand knowledge that is passed around and around and around.

There is plenty of misinformation circulating about Granny Flats, so we’re here to set the record straight. Here, we give you the flat-out truth about some of the statements you may have heard.

 

1. “It takes a long time to get approval”

Provided you meet the minimum criteria for a Granny Flat you can get one approved via a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) in as little as 10 days from submission to a private certifier.

Is that a long time? Not in our book!

 

2. “A Granny Flat has to be a certain size”

In NSW a Granny Flat can be built under a Complying Development Certificate to a maximum of 60m2. However, some local councils allow you to build a bigger floorspace under a Development Application.

You can also add on carports and patios which are not included in the 60m2. Most councils in NSW allow an attached garage. As always, though, we  recommend checking with your local council first. 

 

3. “You have to subdivide your property to build a Granny Flat”

No, you don’t. A Granny Flat is considered to be a secondary dwelling and needs to have a primary dwelling on the same block. If you did subdivide your property, you’d need to build a primary dwelling prior to building a Granny Flat.

 

4. “You can’t use a Granny Flat as an additional rental property”

In New South Wales you are legally allowed to rent out your Granny Flat. However, in some states such as Victoria and South Australia this is illegal.

Building a Granny Flat for investment purposes is an excellent way to maximise your property’s potential and earn an income.

 

5. “A Granny Flat is just a cheap, low quality kit home”

In the past, a Granny Flat may have been something cheap and cheerful and there are still many cheaper “kit-style” Granny Flats on the market.

That’s not what we do. We build architecturally designed Granny Flats that are not only stylish but spacious and functional. They’re built onsite just like a small home. We have many beautiful designs that make every square metre count, and we aim to have a design to suit every block.

 

The truth

We hope this information is helpful for you to determine if a granny flat is the right choice for you and your family.

 

 

For a free no-obligation consultation, contact us today.

Free On-Site Assessment at Your Property

Interested in finding out how to make a positive investment from a Cubitt's Granny Flat or Home Extension? Get in touch for a no-obligation site inspection today.

If you are looking to purchase a new property and want to do a Granny Flat Suitability Check - please use this form instead.

We require your name, email and phone number to get back to you - and the more you can tell us about your build project, the more effectively our local teams can help.

VIEW MORE OF OUR

Recent Blogs

ACT Land Zone RZ1 – You Can Now Build a Dual Occupancy up to 120m and Subdivide Your Block

ACT Canberra residential zone 1 (RZ1) blocks measuring 800 square meters or more are now eligible for the construction of two homes. Here is a quick FAQ on some elements of this change to help you start planning your ACT Dual Occupancy

Read More about ACT Land Zone RZ1 – You Can Now Build a Dual Occupancy up to 120m and Subdivide Your Block

End of Year Sale! $10k Cashback Offer When You Sign in 2023

To set up our schedule for 2024 we are offering an amazing $10k off your tender price while it’s still valid.

Read More about End of Year Sale! $10k Cashback Offer When You Sign in 2023

Top 50 NSW Suburbs With Granny Flat Potential

There could be a million residential properties across the nation with the potential to accommodate a Granny Flat. Is your suburb on the top 50 list?

Read More about Top 50 NSW Suburbs With Granny Flat Potential

Stickybeak – Three Bedroom Granny Flat “The Hamilton”

Take a stickybeak at this Coastal built three bedroom Granny Flat. The highlight of the home is its well-appointed kitchen with a prominent island bench, perfect for entertaining. The central open-plan living area fosters a warm and communal atmosphere, allowing for easy interaction and shared moments with loved ones.

Read More about Stickybeak – Three Bedroom Granny Flat “The Hamilton”

Beating the Rate Race: Investors with Granny Flats Have Better Return

Discover the emerging trend of homeowners utilising granny flats for rental income in Australia’s competitive real estate market. Learn how this strategy can help cover mortgage costs while addressing housing challenges.

Read More about Beating the Rate Race: Investors with Granny Flats Have Better Return

Designing Dreams: Meet Jasmin, Design Manager at Cubitt’s

In the world of design, creativity knows no boundaries, and every career has a unique trajectory. Meet Jasmin, a talented designer on Cubitt’s Design Team, whose journey commenced in 2014. Her initial projects involved collaborating with builders to craft high-end custom residences, emphasising the importance of aligning designs with clients’ needs and tastes. Jasmin now helps clients at Cubitt’s turn the home they live in, into their forever home.

Read More about Designing Dreams: Meet Jasmin, Design Manager at Cubitt’s

About Mercedes Myers

Mercedes is a talented Interior Designer with experience in both residential and commercial design. She loves creating beautiful and functional spaces and believes colour selections are an intimate invitation into someone’s life. She loves being able to assist clients in turning their vision into reality.