Granny flats allowed to hit the tight rental market to help Queensland’s housing crisis

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Queensland home owners who have granny flats will be allowed to rent them out over the next three years under emergency planning changes designed to alleviate the state’s housing crisis.

The move will enable secondary dwellings to be made available to people other than immediate family members and expand accommodation options for smaller households, such as students, single persons, older people and couples.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the change would mean “cheaper properties will enter the rental market, helping thousands of people”.

Currently, secondary dwellings are only able to be used by family, Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.

“At the same time some Queenslanders are sleeping in their cars or in tents,” he said.

Close headshot of Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles speaking at a media conference in Brisbane.
Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles made the granny flat announcement today.(ABC News: Lucas Hill)

Mr Miles said using under-utilised granny flats was quicker than building new accommodation.

“It also allows home owners to earn rent, helping them meet the increased cost of living,” he said.

“They’ll still need to comply with all council regulations, building codes, as well as fire safety regulations, so they may need to get them safety inspected.”

Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) president Shannon Batch said the changes could meet some of Queensland’s diverse housing needs.

“This change highlights how good planning can help address our housing challenge and reduce the barriers to more diverse housing forms,” she said.

Mr Miles said the changes would be reviewed after three years to ensure there were no unintended consequences and consider future housing supply.

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