• Frequently Asked Questions

     

    General

    Can I get the grant to do renovations to an existing building? No. Renovations to an existing building do not qualify for the first home owner grant.
    If people buy a house together can they get more than one grant? No. Only one grant is payable for the same eligible transaction. This means that where two or more people jointly purchase or build their first home, only one grant will be paid.
    If I receive the grant, will it affect my eligibility for other home grants or assistance? No. You may still be eligible for other grants or arrangements that may be in place from time to time. These include:
    Will my/our income affect the grant? No. The grant is not means tested and your income will not be taken into account when your application is assessed.
    If I run a business from home, will I be eligible for the grant? Yes, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria and the home is your principal place of residence.
    If I have a boarder or housemate, will I be eligible for the grant? Yes, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria and the home is your principal place of residence.
    I purchased/built my first home without a loan. Will I be eligible for the grant? Yes, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. The grant is not conditional upon receiving finance.
    Do I have to spend the grant on my house? No. If you are eligible for the grant, you may use the money in any way that you wish.
    How will the Government know if I have owned a house before, signed a contract, or made any declarations that are not true? The Commissioner of State Revenue checks all applications and conducts ongoing investigations to ensure that applicants comply with the conditions of the grant and any first home owner rate of duty.
    How can I check if I have previously owned property? If you are in any doubt about prior residential property ownership contact Landgate to request a historical search.

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    Common Residency Scenarios

    After purchasing the home, the vendor wishes to rent the house back for three months from the date of settlement. If I occupy this house after this time and I have not applied for the grant, will I still be eligible? Yes, providing that all other eligibility criteria have been met and an application is made within 12 months from the completion of the transaction.
    The vendor wishes to rent the house back for 12 months from the date of settlement. If I occupy this house after this time, will I be eligible for the grant? No. You must reside in the home within 12 months from the date of settlement. However, in other circumstances the Commissioner may, on request, extend the period required for occupation beyond 12 months.
    I purchased a house with the intention of living in it but I have just received a work transfer overseas or interstate. However, I intend to live in the property upon my return in 15 months. Am I eligible for the grant? You must occupy the home as your principal place of residence for a continuous period of at least six months, commencing within 12 months of settlement in the case of purchased homes, or within 12 months of completion in the case of a home being built. The Commissioner may, on request, extend the period required for occupation beyond the required 12 months.
    I received the first home owner grant when I purchased my home less than six months ago. I am now in the process of selling the home and therefore I am unable to reside in the property for a continuous period of at least six continuous months. Can I sell the grant property? Yes, however you must advise the Commissioner of a change in your circumstances within 30 days of the sale contract becoming fully unconditional.

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    Spouse/De facto Relationships

    When is a spouse considered to be an ex-spouse? When the marriage has been legally dissolved.
    See CP FHOG/DA 37 'Separated Spouses' for more information.
    When is a de facto considered to be an ex-de facto? When the de facto relationship no longer exists, and the couple have no intention of resuming the relationship. See Revenue Ruling FHOG 4 'De Facto Partners' and CP FHOG/DA 37 'Separated Spouses' for more information.
    I was previously married and my ex-spouse owned a home prior to 1 July 2000.  Will I still be eligible for the grant? If you were not registered as an owner of that property, your eligibility will not be affected.
    My current spouse owned a home prior to 1 July 2000. Will I still be eligible for the grant? No. If your current spouse previously owned a home then you are not eligible.
    If I am married and my spouse previously owned a home solely or together with another person after 1 July 2000, would I still be eligible for the grant? If your spouse purchased the home after 1 July 2000 and did not reside in the home, you may still be eligible for the grant.
    My partner and I have separated since we applied for the grant. If neither partner has resided in the home for six months or more, you may choose to voluntarily repay the grant and transfer duty (if applicable). If you do this, you will both be able to apply for the grant and/or first home owner rate of duty on a future home.

    Alternatively, provided that one of you will reside in the home and meet the residency requirements, the other partner may be exempted from meeting these requirements. If you choose this option, the applicant that is exempted from meeting the residency requirements will not be eligible for a grant and/or first home owner rate of duty in the future.

    To apply, complete form F-FHOG3 'Joint Applicant Exemption: Residence Requirements'.

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    Vacant Land

    If I owned vacant land before 1 July 2000, will I be eligible for the grant? Yes. Owning vacant land will not affect your eligibility before or after 1 July 2000.
    If I own land and allow my children to build on it, will they be eligible for the grant? All persons with a relevant interest  in the land on which the home is to be built must be applicants and must be eligible.

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    Caravan and Transportable Home

    If I purchase a transportable home to erect on a vacant block of land and use it as my principal place of residence will I be eligible for the grant? Yes, provided the home is affixed to the land and may lawfully be used as a place of residence. The transaction is deemed to commence on the date the contract to purchase the transportable home is made and is completed when the transportable home is ready for occupation as a place of residence.
    Will I be eligible for the grant if I purchase and live in a caravan? No. If the caravan is situated in a caravan park and you do not have a relevant interest in the land, you will not be eligible for the grant.

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    Ownership Scenarios

    My parents are going on the Certificate of Title to enable me to obtain a loan. Am I still eligible for the grant? If a home is purchased in joint names, all parties are required to be applicants. Therefore, you will not be eligible if all applicants do not meet the eligibility criteria.
    I own commercial properties but have never owned a residential property. Will I still qualify for the grant if I purchase a home? A commercial property is generally not recognised as residential property. However, for the purposes of the first home owner grant, in certain circumstances a commercial property may be recognised as residential property if it can be lawfully occupied as a place of residence.

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    Legal Disability

    I own a home, however, I intend to purchase a home as trustee or guardian for my child who suffers a legal disability. Will my child be eligible for the grant? Yes, however the home must be held on trust exclusively for the child who will be considered the applicant and the child must meet the eligibility criteria to receive the grant.
    I intend to purchase a home as trustee for a person with a legal disability. Who must reside in the home? Since the person with the legal disability will be considered the applicant, he/she must live in the home as their principal place of residence to be eligible for the grant.

    See CP FHOG/DA 38 'Interests Held Subject to a Trust' for more information.

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    Meeting Residency and Age Requirements

    What can I do if I can’t meet the residence requirement? For your options please refer to Change in my circumstances.

    For further information, refer to CP FHOG/DA 39 'Variations to Prescribed Residence Requirements'

    I’m under 18. Can I apply? If you are under 18 years of age you can apply for a grant provided that you satisfy the Commissioner that you are genuinely purchasing the residence to use as a home, and meet the residency requirements.

    For further information refer to CP FHOG 9 ‘Exemption Where Applicant is under 18 Years of Age’ for more information.

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