Sydney Today, April 4, Australian Eastern Time, DPU, also known as "Granny flats" (Granny flats), has recently become more and more popular. Many organizations and the public have called on the government to relax restrictions on its construction.

The New Year is a time when other construction activities are less, but Rod Dawson has the best business and busiest time. As the general manager of the Victoria Garden House Construction Company, Dawson knows: When the whole family gathers together on the holiday, everyone will discuss what to do as parents. Many people will say: "I will do something for my parents in the new year." What most people call "do something" is to add a small house in the backyard, which is the so-called "DPU."

Although they are independent, DPUs are different from standard units: many of their facilities are shared with the main house; because DPUs are temporary houses, bricks or other persistent materials cannot be used; and they do not need Go through a series of approval procedures.

DPUs can save developers a lot of responsibilities, for example, they don't have to be responsible for separate lanes, beautification and parking fees, so they can save about one-third to half of the cost. Dawson said: "The average price of DPU is between 10 Australian dollars and 15 Australian dollars." Dawson said: "Compared with nursing homes, this cost is much lower, and the family can still stay together, you do not have to Drive for a few hours to visit them, and your parents can also help you take care of your young children."

Victorians only need to ensure that the DPU is used by an elderly person to build it, but once the elderly person does not need it, it must be removed. But Dawson said: "In fact, very few people will demolish. There are countless such units built every year in Melbourne, and most of them are still there. I think there may be an important reason: many people regard it as low-cost. Properties are in use."

Michael Ballock, head of the Darebin Urban Engineering and Development Department, said: "We will not force the removal of DPUs, even if they are no longer used as housing for the elderly." Ballock said the city government will not record the construction sites of DPUs, nor will it Track what DPUs will do after the elderly move out. Therefore, he "suspected" that many of them were used for rent.

Dawson said: "Considering the problem of housing affordability and urban expansion, the state government should relax the restrictions on the construction of DPUs, because many people have a large yard, and this part of the land can be fully utilized." Housing Industry Association (HIA) Gil King, executive director of ), said they have been lobbying the Victorian government to relax the conditions for establishing DPUs. (Wendy)

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