Tin shed granny flats
The word is out that your backyard granny flat may be in the firing line from local Councils targeting granny flats. This could be a dilemma, especially if it is tenanted and you derive an income. So, what should you do about it?
Firstly, if the backyard dwelling is not registered by the Council as a habitable living space, you could be fined or even demanded to pull it down. If it was built by a registered builder with a building permit, then you have nothing to worry about.
Australian standards are high when it comes to living, and Council’s are looking to clean up the backyard’s that are using old sheds for the purpose of living. Any place that is being occupied must have a permit to have been built in the first place, and if it is to be occupied, then it must abide by the standards. A tin shed for example, is not considered a place to live.
Some years back it was announced by the N.S.W. Government that they were looking to reduce some restrictions when building additions to an existing home or secondary dwellings known as granny flats. The intention was an incentive for the owner of the property to build extra living space that would be for the sole purpose of accommodating relatives thereby going some way to free up the rental housing situation.
With the on-going influx of persons wanting to come and live in Australia, utilizing large blocks of land to house more than one family makes good sense, but not at the expense of some who would illegally tenant tin sheds as a living space thereby creating a trend for a ghetto suburb.
Australia is a heavily legislated country that can sometimes seem very inhibiting and encourage people not used to such strict rules to want to break those rules. Like, accommodating people in less than satisfactory spaces, by not following the guidelines. This needs to be stomped out as quickly as possible.
Recently, we built a granny flat in the backyard in Auburn Western Sydney and abiding by all the building codes and local council bi-laws. Not everyone does this. For example, on the neighbouring property to the left was a shed converted into living space and the other side a single garage used for the same purpose. Allowing this to continue will only see many of the older suburbs in Australia turn into ghettos.
Granny flats and additions to existing homes are an excellent means to add value to a property and make good use of vacant land, but everyone needs to abide by the rules. Nova Design Granny Flats is a reputable company who applauds the backyard clean up.