Calculation of Market Value:
Comprehensive Home Building Contract
Legislation: First Home and Housing Construction Grants Act 2000
Date Issued: 22 September 2020
Information Circulars do not have the force of law.
The First Home Housing and Construction Grants Act 2000 (the “Act”) provides a number of house purchase assistance measures, including the First Home Owner Grant. Housing assistance grants are available for properties below a defined market value.
Market value in the case of a comprehensive home building contract is defined under the Act as:
- the sum of the consideration for the building contract and the market value of the property on which the home is to be built, as at the time when the building contract is made; or
- where the consideration for the building contract is less than the actual costs, the sum of the actual costs to build the home and the market value of the property on which the home is to be built as at the time when the building contract is made.
The market value of any property includes the market value of the land, the home and any other improvements.
In the case of a comprehensive home building contract, the Act provides that the value of the home will be the total consideration payable for the building work.
In determining the consideration ‘payable for the building work’, RevenueSA considers that genuine inclusions in a comprehensive home building contract over and above those necessary for a home to be ready for occupation, should not be included in the market value of the home.
In particular, where an applicant is able to satisfactorily demonstrate that the comprehensive home building contract includes a specified value for items that are not necessary for occupation as a place of residence, RevenueSA will deduct these components from the consideration payable for the building work, when determining the market value of the property.
Items that are considered not necessary for occupation as a place of residence include:
- retaining walls*, fencing and gates;
- driveway and paving;
- light fittings;
- curtains, blinds and carpets;
- TV antenna; and
- built in robes.
The above list is not exhaustive. If you are unsure about additional inclusions that may be excluded from the market value of the home you should provide a copy of your building contract that costs certain items that you would like to have considered for exclusion with your grant application. If your building contract does not cost specific items RevenueSA will accept a pricing schedule/quotation that has been drawn up by the builder in conjunction with, or prior to your building contract.
To be able to satisfactorily demonstrate that the contract includes additional inclusions, the contract must clearly itemise the nature of these inclusions, including style, volume and commercial value of those inclusions.
The Commissioner of State Taxation has the discretion to disregard the value stated in the contract if it is considered to over inflate the value of the inclusions.
It should be noted that in order to exclude the cost of retaining walls from the market value of the home it will be necessary to demonstrate to the Commissioner of State Taxation that the retaining walls are not an integral component of the house construction.
Where individual component costs are not specified within the contract, the total consideration paid for the comprehensive home building contract will be used when determining the market value of the property.
Further information relating to Housing Grants is available on www.revenuesa.sa.gov.au.
If you are unsure about any aspect concerning your eligibility, it is important that you contact RevenueSA for clarification before proceeding with your application.
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