A “Dual Occupancy” is a term given to describe two dwellings on one lot of land.

Typically, a dual occupancy takes one of the following forms:

  1. Side-by-side attached dwellings (both under one roof), separated by an Australian Standard compliant fire rated, acoustic “parti-wall” system. These dual occupancies can be configured on a traditional building lot where access is gained from one street frontage. Traditionally, these blocks are readily available. At Macquarie Knight, we endeavour to make these dwelling look like one single house, thus taking way any “stigma” associated to the development resembling a “duplex” in any way.
  2. Side-by-side detached These dual occupancies resemble two houses, next to each other, and can be configured on a traditional building lot where access is gained from one street frontage. Traditionally, these blocks are readily available.
  3. Corner detached dwellings. These dual occupancies are positioned on a corner lot, and resemble two separate houses, with one facing one street, and the other facing another street. These lots are typically more difficult to source. At Macquarie Knight, we endeavour to ensure each of these dwellings take on a different façade type and look. This enables each property to look independent and not part of an overall development.

With a wealth of experience in developing and dealing with the Department of Land (LPI), we always recommend to our clients to register the land in the highest and best use – most notably Torrens Title. This form of subdivision can be achieved with all three form of dual occupancy development detailed above.