The SA government may be cracking down on First Home Owner Grant cheats

Posted: 18 July 2017 12:19 pm

gavel_shutterstock_738A law firm has claimed that the SA government is cracking down on First Home Owner Grant recipients who may be rorting the scheme.

Websters Lawyers Adelaide has claimed the number of investigations into suspected breaches of the South Australia First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) scheme is on the rise. The firm said more people are seeking legal advice due to being investigated or for having been found to be in breach of the state’s FHOG conditions.

The $15,000 grant is subject to a range of conditions relating to the home’s market value, the recipient not having previously owned a home and the property being used as a main place of residence for at least six months following purchase. Websters Lawyers said recipients in breach of any of the requirements could be fined, prosecuted or imprisoned.

“If you have received a notice from Revenue SA informing you that you’re under investigation, you should get legal advice immediately,” Websters litigation and criminal lawyer Marwa Shabbar said. “If a grant recipient is found to have made false or misleading statements on their application, they may be in serious trouble.”

To find out if you’re eligible for the First Home Owner Grant in South Australia, read our state-by-state guide.

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