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Can you rent out Granny flat separate to main property in Ballarat area?

Discussion in 'Property Management' started by JK200SX, 9th Jan, 2017.

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  1. JK200SX

    JK200SX Well-Known Member

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    Looking at a property in the Ballarat region that consists of a separate house and a small self contained granny flat at the rear, and my question is, is it possible to lease out the granny flat separately. Is this allowable?

    If it is, how would you deal with:
    - Water - do you install sub metres/flow metres on each property, and then I would have the water in my name, but have a clause in the RE contracts say they need to pay for their portion of usage as read off by the PM?

    - Electricity - do something similar to water?

    - Waste disposal/bins - Is it just a matter of ordering a second set of bins?

    - Letter box/mail to each of the 2 residences.....I have no idea (maybe just allocate a letter to each property, ie 22A and 22B?)

    In doing this, I would fence off the granny flat to have its own yard and entry, ie access to be kept separate from the main residence.

    What do you guys think?

    Thanks,

    JK
     
  2. Marg4000

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    One phone call to the council will tell you if separate rental is allowed.
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    In a nutshell, no.

    A "Granny Flat" in Vic can only be occupied by a person related to and dependent upon those residing in the main residence.

    If the dwelling were a genuine "unit" and not deemed to be a "granny flat", then potentially if it was separately metered, it might be separately rentable.
     
  4. JK200SX

    JK200SX Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Jacqui. Is there any documented law/rule/act that specifies this or provides the rules for tenancy within Victoria?

    Thanks,

    JK
     
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    Could be. Just because a rental is advertised does not mean it has approval. Do fferent councils may have different requirements.

    As said, ask the council yourself.
    Marg
     
  7. JK200SX

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    Yeah, I called Ballarat council and the guy on the line said you can't unless you put in for a planning Permit application, and then it will need to be assesed and could take 2-3 months. He said that the chances of it going through are slim, and if the structure is unapproved, then you could end up with other complications.
     
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    Good to know exactly where you stand.
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