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Queensland to allow granny flats to be rented as urgent fix for housing crisis

A change to planning rules to allow Queenslanders to rent out their granny flats will increase affordable housing stocks, the state government says.

Restrictions on who can live in granny flats will be removed so secondary dwellings can be rented on the open market, the premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, announced on Friday.

“I know the rental market is tough and, right now, homeowners can’t rent secondary dwellings to anyone other than immediate family,” Palaszczuk said in a Facebook post.

“Changing this will mean many cheaper properties will enter the rental market, helping thousands of people across our state.”

As it stands, in most local government areas only relatives can live in granny flats, the planning minister, Steven Miles, said.

“Increasing housing diversity means more affordable housing options throughout the state,” he said.

“That’s why we’re allowing homeowners to rent spare rooms and granny flats.”

The change was a suggestion out of the housing round table hosted by the government last week ahead of a summit on 20 October.

“Right now, we have about 50,000 people waiting on the social housing register and a growing number of Queenslanders presenting to community services desperately needing help with housing,”

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