Selling Houses Australia

The Problem With Unapproved Buildings And Extensions

Illegal dwellings are worthless in the world of real estate, so what if you want to sell the place? Andrew Winter shares his tips

Unapproved dwellings are the not-so-little secret of the Australian bush. Maybe it’s something to do with the pioneer days.

Basically they’re houses built away from prying eyes without council approval. I mean, who needs all that red tape?

That’s all well and good if you plan to live there forever and no council officials ever come knocking at your door. But what if you want to sell the place?

Illegal dwellings are worthless in the world of real estate, so basically all your property is land value. If you want to get more money, all you have to do is get retrospective planning permission. But that can be a very costly and time-consuming business.

You’ll need a DA or development application and the building will need to meet council’s building codes to pass.

A council approved engineer can make a thorough inspection and note any works that must be done to make the building compliant.

The biggest cost will be the building works to bring the structure up to standard in terms of engineering, bush fire safety, drainage and sewage disposal.

The easiest way is to not build or buy an illegal structure in the first place. That way you’ll have a safe home that’s saleable and adds real value.

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