A change in planning rules to allow Queenslanders to rent out their granny flats will increase the affordable housing stock, the state government says.
Restrictions on who can live in granny flats are being removed so that secondary housing can be rented on the open market, Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Friday.
“I know the rental market is tough and right now homeowners cannot rent out secondary homes to anyone other than immediate family,” Palaszczuk said in a Facebook post.
“If we change this, there will be much cheaper housing on the rental market, helping thousands of people in our state.”
As it stands, in most local government areas, only family members can live in granny flats, planning secretary Steven Miles said.
“Increasing housing diversity means more affordable housing options across the state,” he said.
“That’s why we allow homeowners to rent spare rooms and granny flats.”
The change was suggested by the housing roundtable hosted by the government last week ahead of a summit on October 20.
Q Shelter’s executive director, Fiona Caniglia, welcomed the reform, calling it “an immediate idea that will create a number of housing options”.
“This approach will also provide greater focus for many businesses working on modular, small homes that are quick to build and can be placed within existing properties,” she said.
“It will be important to ensure standards for these homes so that people are safe. There will be some things to work through, but Q Shelter is confident that this measure will help the housing stock.”
Other changes addressed at the housing summit include minimum requirements for affordable housing in new developments, while stakeholders say the level of social housing needs to be significantly increased.
According to the Queensland Council of Social Service, at least 5,000 new social housing units will need to be built each year over the next ten years to resolve the crisis.
“Right now we have approximately 50,000 people waiting for the social housing registry and a growing number of Queensland residents applying for community services in urgent need of housing assistance,” said the council’s general manager, Aimee McVeigh, last week. week.