In this video, Colin Fragar, our founder and CEO, provides important information about granny flats.
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So can a granny flat have a kitchen? My name is Colin Fragar from Council Approval Group.
So if you’re thinking about building a granny flat, this may be one question that you’re thinking about. Maybe you already have a site in mind and maybe you even have a structure that’s already built and are trying to convert it into a granny flat.
So the question is, can a granny flat have a kitchen? My response to you is a granny flat needs to have a kitchen.
What is a Granny Flat Without a Kitchen?So the question is, can a granny flat have a kitchen? My response to you is a granny flat needs to have a kitchen. Because if it’s not self contained, it’s not a granny flat.
So then the question sometimes extends to what if I try to bend the rules a little bit? What if I can’t get granny flat approval or I can’t be bothered getting the right approval? What if I just have this extra room below in the basement that I’ve done a bit of extra work on illegally? Or what if I convert my garage and turn it into a granny flat? What if I go through all of that construction effort?
Consequences of an Illegal Granny FlatMy answer to you is that if you get caught out, one of two things is probably going to happen. One Council is definitely going to be on your tail and you’re likely to get thousands of dollars worth of fines because they are in that order per day of every day of noncompliance. Or, alternatively, if there is a tragedy in your property, if somebody gets hurt or if there is a fire, then your insurer is highly probably not likely to act on that claim. They’re not going to pay you out because an insurer doesn’t pay out for illegality. And what you’re effectively doing is an illegal granny flat.
So it’s really important that you get the right advice. Don’t rely on what a builder might tell you. And don’t rely on what a neighbor said. Someone might say if you just, you know, put in this electric cooker it’s not really a granny flat. And if you just have like a tiny little sink instead of a big sink. Don’t take the wrong advice. I’ve seen this every single day of the week because people call us and they’re almost in tears as to what happens. I don’t know why it’s not talked about more.
Take the Next StepSo I really want to get the message out there to you. And because I really care about you, I want you to grab a copy of Your Ultimate Guide to Council Approval. This is a 40+ page magazine, which can be mailed out free of charge. It contains tips and tricks on granny flats and the council approval process.
Also, if you have got to this point, please book in a free consultation with one of our team at councilapproval.com.au. We’ll be able to talk to you for up to 30 minutes to go through any questions that you might have. Hopefully we’ll get them answered. But more importantly, we’ll paint a clear roadmap and recommended first step for you.
My name is Colin Fragar from Council Approval Group. Thanks for watching and I wish you every success as you embark on this exciting phase of your investment career.