VIC - FHOG

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  1. vnet

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    Hi,

    I would like to buy an house less than 5 years old in regional Victoria.

    How can I be sure that I will be eligible for the FHOG?

    Thanks,
     
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    If the house is 5 years old, you won't get the FHOG. It's for brand new properties where you're the first person to live in it. If someone else has already lived in it, the FHOG doesn't apply.

    However if you purchase for less than $600k, you may not have to pay stamp duty on it.
     
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    So the house needs to be than less than 5 years old and always empty?

    Thanks,

    Vincent
     
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    I don't know how old the house can be, but if you're the first home buyer, you must be the first person to occupy the house to be eligible to receive the $10k (metro) or $20k (regional) grant.

    Generally this grant is only applied in the following scenarios:
    * House and land development.
    * Off the plan development.
    * Developer builds the property and you buy it and are the first person to occupy it.
     
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    So if the house has already had 1 owner living in it I will not be able to apply for the FOGH grant.
     
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    Yes. New houses only.

    You would still be eligible for the stamp duty reductions though.
     
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    It is strange when I called the State Revenue Office they told me that if that was the 1st time the house was sold and the house is less than 5 years I will be able to apply for the FHOG
     
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    Yeah so a brand new house that's less than 5 years old but never owned by anyone else previously would be eligible, but it sounds like you'll be the second owner of the property you're looking to buy as you mention someone has already lived in it?
     
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    I don't know of many houses that have been built then sat empty for 5 years. Technically it might be eligible, but proving eligibility would be fairly difficult.

    You may be thinking of a display home. The developer has occupied this as part of their business strategy. It probably wouldn't be eligible.
     
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