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THE GRANNY FLAT ARRANGEMENT

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Did you know that if you gift your children the family home, Centrelink could end up reducing or completely removing your age pension?

With this in mind there are smarter ways you can help your children into the property market and solve your own accommodation dilemma as you get older.

It’s called the granny flat interest.

The granny flat arrangement is all about transferring (not gifting) your property into your child’s name (and/or money and other assets) in exchange for lifetime accommodation in a private residence. It’s a great option if you’re looking to downsize your home and family support in your retirement.

In return, you’ll still qualify for the pension and public aged care if it is needed later on because you’ll have no assets.

In a nutshell, Centrelink’s granny flat arrangements are designed to encourage Australian seniors to stay out of supported care.

Issues you need to be aware of

Gifts totaling $10,000 a year (or $30,000 over five financial years) will not affect your pension payments, but anything more than that will raise a flag with Centrelink that your trying to dilute your wealth to keep your government entitlements.

For most families, the granny flat option is worth considering however always proceed with caution. A family meeting can also help with tricky situations.

For example, what do you do if you have multiple children and there’s a disagreement about essentially putting their inheritance into the name of one sibling only?

Should you consider an exit clause, if you have a falling out with your family and no longer want to live in the same residence?

Seek professional advice

It’s a good idea to go through all the details (pros and cons) with a trusted financial planner.

Talk to our team at Growth Partners they are excellent strategists in financial and retirement planning and have the know-how to maximise your Centrelink entitlements.

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