Inquiry rates for granny flats soar in WA

Posted on September 17, 2013 by | 0 Comments
Granny flat by Concept Steel Constructions

A Kalamunda granny flat built by Concept Steel Constructions. Picture: Supplied. Source: The Sunday Times

INQUIRY rates for granny flats have soared this year and they’re not all planned as a home for older relatives.

Specialist builders say there has been “a substantial increase” in the number of people asking about ancillary accommodation or “granny flats’’ since the State Government announced in March it would change legislation to allow the flats to be rented to non-relatives.

Investment experts said the legislation changes, gazetted on August 2, would be a “game changer’’ for Perth.

Granny flat builders, including Granny Flats WA, Granny Flat Innovations, Concept Steel Constructions and Factory Direct, have all noted the “dramatic increase” in inquiries.

Granny Flat Innovations general manager Chris Johnston said the hits on the firm’s web page had tripled since the Government’s announcement.

And Granny Flats WA managing director Mike Nicholls said the interest was coming from homeowners and investors.

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