2nd kitchen in home for sale

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  1. tlin

    tlin New Member

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    Hi there!

    I am new to the forums and can see there is excellent advice on here.

    I am currently selling a home that I built almost a decade ago. We built the house with the intention that my elderly parents would move into a “granny flat” and when the building was council approved, the downstairs area was marked with a future wet bar, drainage point and gas point.

    We subsequently installed a second kitchen into this area for my parents and didn’t seek any further approvals.

    I have disclosed this in the contract for sale but this is being questioned by potential buyers - do I need to seek additional approvals for the second kitchen - I can’t seem to get a clear answer from all the information that’s on the web?

    Thanks.
     
  2. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    Have you asked the local council?
     
  3. tlin

    tlin New Member

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    I’m calling them tomorrow. Just trying to get as much info before.
     
  4. Archaon

    Archaon Well-Known Member

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    I'd perhaps talk to a Town Planner before council.

    If you raise the issue with council they may spark remediation works if it's not approved.
     
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  5. Anthony416

    Anthony416 Well-Known Member

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    Short answer, yes additional approval necessary.
     
  6. tlin

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    Thanks Anthony - for my own understanding could I understand why? We didn’t install any plumbing, gas points or drainage this was already there and approved. Just trying to understand?
     
  7. Marg4000

    Marg4000 Well-Known Member

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    So how did you install a sink and stove with no additional plumbing or electrical work?

    Usually a second kitchen is seen as providing a separate, second area within the house. Council is concerned in case it is rented out separate to the main house.

    So long as you disclose to prospective buyers it is not approved there should not be a problem for you.
     
  8. Anthony416

    Anthony416 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, totally agree with Marg4000. These raise red flags to council and although studios can have a sink etc, many councils will not want a second kitchen unless is is under a DA for a Secondary Dwelling (Granny Flat).
     
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