What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit?
Ever heard of secondary dwelling units, granny flats, tiny houses, in-law units, etc...? Although all these names might not apply to an ADU, an ADU is an additional habitable unit on the same lot as a primary residence.
So what's the big deal? The big deal is that even with all of today's housing issues in California & nationwide, such as homelessness and housing inequality, some people just don't want it in their 'backyard'. In California, "The new law further prohibits local agencies from adopting ADU ordinances that: impose minimum lot size requirements for ADUs; set certain maximum ADU dimensions; require replacement off-street parking when a 'garage, carport or covered parking structure' is demolished or converted to construct the ADU."
Now, that's a big deal! Flexibility in housing includes:
‣ opportunities to build safe, affordable and legal housing
‣ additional monthly income (check with your local jurisdiction & laws)
‣ Increase house density. Now I'm sure that a lot of people are thinking, what about my privacy and traffic? Does this sound better than neighboring a 30 or 300 unit apartment building next door?
There are many more reasons why an ADU can be a great opportunity for you as a homeowner, investor and for your community. For more information, feel free to contact with any questions.