The New South Wales Government has introduced tax concessions for new build-to-rent housing projects. These potentially valuable concessions will remain applicable until 2040.
The term build-to-rent applies to large-scale residential unit developments constructed with the intent of being kept long-term and rented out to lower-income families at affordable prices. The build-to-rent model has been successful overseas and is now being encouraged in New South Wales.
Eligible developments will receive:
- a 50 per cent reduction in land value for land tax purposes; and
- an exemption from foreign investor duty and land tax surcharges – or a refund of any surcharges already paid.
The concessions are expected to encourage and support the supply of large-scale rental housing that is professionally owned and managed. The rationale is that such accommodation provides tenants with security of tenure and quality rental services. For a developer to qualify for the scheme, each tenant must be provided with a range of lease term choices, including the option of entering into a fixed term lease of at least 3 years.
These concessions only apply to housing developments that contain at least 50 self-contained dwellings, where construction commenced after 1 July 2020. The dwellings must be used specifically for the purpose of build-to-rent.
See the Treasurer’s guidelines for further information including full eligibility requirements.
The By Lawyers 1001 Conveyancing Answers (NSW) guide has been updated accordingly. This comprehensive resource is located in the Reference materials folder at the top of the matter plan in every By Lawyers New South Wales conveyancing publication.