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What is a dwelling?

Last updated 5 October 2009

A dwelling can be any building or part of a building that is used wholly or mainly for residential accommodation. Certain mobile homes can also be a dwelling. Examples include:

  • a home or cottage
  • an apartment or flat
  • a strata title unit
  • a unit in a retirement village
  • a caravan, houseboat or other mobile home.

Any land the dwelling is on is included as part of the dwelling but it only qualifies for the main residence exemption if the land and the dwelling are sold together. Land adjacent to the dwelling may also qualify for exemption.