Sydney, New South Wales -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/20/2014 -- Recent changes to development laws across all states of Australia have driven demand for granny flats to record levels. On the 2nd August 2013 Western Australia state government changed the R-Codes to permit the development of secondary dwellings without formal subdivision.Most recently, on the 10th February 2014 the ACT passed Variation 306 which removed restrictions on who is permitted to occupy granny flats.
Environment Minister Simon Corbell says the ACT changes remove the requirement that residents of granny flats need to be related to the occupants of the main house."Canberra families can help their parents or students to live independently in a residence that is large enough to be comfortable yet small enough to be manageable," he said.
In addition, the ACT changes will mean size restrictions are being raised up to 90 square metres, instead of the usual 75 square metres."The additional size will also help builders meet the adaptable housing standards for a variety of dwelling layouts, including two-bedroom dwellings." Says Simon Corbell.
These legislative changes coupled with the well document housing price rise, strong rental demand, population growth, historically low interest rates and housing affordability crisis have created a rapidly expanding niche property development market in Granny Flats.
Previously uncatered for, Granny Flat Finder has become the market place for investors looking to find builders and designs; and for specialty builders looking to acquire new building jobs.
In the first two months of trading since December 2013, the website has amassed over 50 builders and their granny flat designs and estimated 15% of the total builders servicing this market. Additionally the site is receiving up to 1,200 views a day of the designs and builder listed on the website.
Director of Granny Flat Finder Pty Ltd Jay Wright says “our research had suggested this was a growing market, however the demand has been unprecedented. This week alone we have had over 100 enquiries submitted to builders through the website from customers looking to have a granny flat built”.
About Granny Flat Finder
Granny Flat Finder is an Australian website where one can review all their options and all the information they need to make Granny Flat purchasing decisions.
Built to help them take the hassle out of researching the 100?s of options and complicated laws and processes, Granny Flat Finder allows to research all of the designs and details of Australia’s top Granny Flat builders.
For all media enquiries, please contact Granny Flat Finder Director, Jay Wright , by calling +61 413793 787 or via firstname.lastname@example.org Website – http://www.grannyflatfinder.com.au/