Granny Flats Increasing Real Estate Sales

Posted by Transportable Homes on January 30, 2012 under Granny Flats | Be the First to Comment

Aging Population Means Granny Flats Are In Demand.

Australia’s population is aging and with that comes the need for Granny Flats to satisfy specialised housing requirements.

Australians Want More Granny Flats

In the average year in Australia, over 240,000 people go to their computer and type in various phrases requesting a house for sale that comes complete with a granny flat on the property. These people are obviously only a segment of the population that want their older family members to remain independent yet close to the younger members of the family; for support, caring and companionship reasons.

Of course there are seniors who prefer to be independent and live within a caravan park environment as a permanent resident in their own granny flat; wishing to lease the land for 5 – 10 years in a location possibly by a river or the sea, which they otherwise could not afford.

Granny Flats, Granny Flat

Then, there are mature citizens who enjoy the security of gated communities and transportable homes villages, which provide a holistic approach to lifestyle, leisure and pleasure for the over 50’s. These properties provide tennis courts, bowling greens, bbq pavillions, swimming pools and club houses. Although small specialised homes are not referred to as granny flats in these communities, they are never the less the same thing.

Multiple Uses for Granny Flats Increase Their Appeal

A person living on a large block of land within walking distance to public transport in a small town or city should not discount the possibly of putting a transportable granny flat on the property. The additional accommodation has the potential to increase the properties value and broaden the appeal to buyers should it go on the market in the future. It is also important to note that buyers have multiple purposes for granny flats; choosing to utilise it for a teenager, young couple who are saving for a house, as a studio, guest house, bed and breakfast or rental.



Habitat for Humanity Favours Modular Homes

Posted by Transportable Homes on January 25, 2012 under Modular Homes | Be the First to Comment

Habitat for Humanity Favours Modular Homes

After the floods in 2011, many members of the Ipwich community and other parts of Australia became residentially displaced. After the water receded, victims were left with either no home or a significantly damaged one, and this is where modular homes are a great solution.

Due to the generousity of the public, Pearls MiiHomes and Habitat for Humanity, three flood-effected Ipswich families are looking forward to receiving new modular homes in 2012.

Pearls MiiHome Pty Ltd is a large company in Burleigh (QLD) manufactures modular homes using a patented and unique building system that is extremely fast to erect. Ideal for emergencies as a temporary accommodation solution.

Habitat Humanity Australia (HFHA) is a non-profit organisation that is independant and their aim is to reduce housing poverty, particular for low income households. HFHA built 20 homes throughout Australia in 2011 for low income earners to build and buy. In this instance, HFHA poured resources into helping very deserving families in Ipswich who had lost their homes

Congratualtions to Habitat for Humanity and Pearl MiiHomes for joining forces and building modular homes as a viable option for this situation.



Transportable Homes and Council Planning Permission

Posted by Transportable Homes on January 15, 2012 under Transportable Homes | Be the First to Comment

Find Out What Your Council Requires for Transportable Homes


Before you start building your own Transportable Home, or sharing the project with your manufacturer, you must visit your local Council as they will need to know what you intentions are and you will need permission to have you building either moved to site or built on site. Transportable Homes have very similar Council Planning requirements as a regular home, however, your area or your land may have a covenant upon it and you can only find this out by visiting your local Council.

The main objective of any Council’s Planning Office or Department is to provide guidelines for the way land within the municipality may be used or developed; using a fair and sustainable methodology.

Transportable Home and Council PlanningBearing in mind that all residents and property owners are affected by what individuals wish to do with their property, your local Council tries to regulate areas so short and long term issues are avoided. In most instances Councils will impose conditions it deems fair and equitable for all concerned to create balance between government, industry and the wider community.

Check with your Planning Office to see what your requirements are before you start anything as any unauthorised development without consent can result in legal action and fines.

In most cases your local Council will have most, if not all, of the documentation, regulation and fees on their website for you to download and view. However, always remember Council websites sometimes are not updated frequently, and therefore it is your sole responsibility to contact your Council directly and discuss your plans to have a transportable home on your property; thus ensuring you have the most current forms and guidelines.





Manufactured Homes Information Document (QLD)

Posted by Transportable Homes on January 8, 2012 under Manufactured Homes, Transportable Homes | Be the First to Comment

A Copy of the Manufactured Homes Agreement

The Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act 2003 requires that park owners fully disclose important information to prospective home owners using the Manufactured Homes Form 1 – Home Owner’s Information Document (PDF).

The home owner’s information document gives prospective home owners for a site in a residential park information to help them make an informed decision about entering into a site agreement. The information document also ensures both parties clearly understand their rights and responsibilities under the proposed site agreement. This helps reduce the possibility of misunderstandings. When organising site agreements with a new resident, or assigning a home owner´s interest to a person, park owners must complete this information document. Park owners need to complete all relevant information including:

  • the address and real property description
  •  the park owner and manager´s name and business address
  •  details of any authority (approval, consent, licence or permit) issued under law that is necessary for park operation
  • details of the communal facilities
  • an outline of the park owners and the home owners basic responsibilities
  • how site rent may be varied the ways in which a site agreement may be terminated
  • how a home owner may assign (transfer) their interest in a site agreement
  • information relating to dispute resolution processes and how site agreement disputes may be resolved
  • the recommendation that the home owner seek independent legal advice before entering into or agreeing to the transfer of a site agreement.

Additional information: Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act 2003

Queensland Government - Manufactured HomesPlease get all up to date information from the
Queensland Government Office of Fair Trading.