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Is the ‘Fonzie Flat’ the solution to Australia’s housing shortage?

by Kate Watt, Marketing Manager 3 May 2023

Never heard of Fonzie? Ask your mum, or your grandma, or just Google him.

The popular 1970s TV sitcom character played by Henry Winkler lived in a flat above the garage of his best friend’s family home.

Given Australia’s current rental crisis, the Fonzie Flat has been proposed as a potential solution to boost housing supply.

“Not enough houses are being built each year or have been for the past decade. Another 1.5 million Australians aged 17 to 21 are about to move out of home,” reports Australian Property Investor.

“The maths clearly doesn’t add up and we desperately need a solution. That solution is undoubtedly higher housing density.

“Separate granny flat homes and Fonzie flats incorporated into, but separate from, the main residence can help solve the housing shortage and assist struggling renters while at the same time maximising investments.”

The article goes on to point out that returns for property investors can be attractive.

But are small homes attractive to the average Aussie? The average household size shrunk to 2.5 people according to the 2021 Census. That’s possibly 1.5 more people than you’d want to cram into a granny flat.

But the point the article makes is that higher density housing must be part of the solution.

If you’re thinking of adding a granny flat to your home check out your local council regulations. Brisbane City Council publishes information on Secondary dwellings (granny flats) or you can register for a free Talk to a Planner session to find out more.

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