With the current housing shortage that is affecting hundreds of thousands of people, while driving up rents and property values statewide, California officials and real estate experts are looking to an often overlooked form of housing as a potential solution: the in-law unit!
ADUs provide an easy opportunity for more affordable housing for renters and rental income for homeowners. So, how does one go about building an ADU while navigating local rules regulating what is legal and is not on specific properties? State rules give local governments, or cities, the power to create their own regulations. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of things to know about ADUs if you’re thinking of building one, moving into one, or both.
MOST SINGLE FAMILY HOMEOWNERS CAN BUILD ADUs
State law allows homeowners in single-family neighborhoods to build an accessory dwelling unit as long as there’s room for it on their property. How much room? A detached ADU will need to be at least 10 feet from the main residence and 5 feet from any property lines.
Cities and counties can customize the state regulations to some extent. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved new rules; the city of Los Angeles is working on its own ADU ordinance; Santa Monica, Glendale, Pasadena, and Long Beach have already approved city-specific guidelines for the dwellings.
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THE OPPORTUNITY WITH ADUs
The units don’t have to be detached
Speaking of clearing out clutter from the garage, ADUs can be established in existing structures, including pool houses or underused garages. Homeowners can even convert a portion of their existing residence into an ADU, as long as it has its own entrance, a kitchen, and at least one bathroom.
An ADU can also be built atop an existing garage or as an addition to the main residence.
ADUs aren’t just for housing
ADUs might be a solution to the housing crisis, but they don’t have to be used to house someone. Some homeowners may just want some extra space for an office—or a yoga studio—that can also be used as a guest room.
With that being said, owners who are just looking for some extra room probably don’t need to bother getting all the necessary permits to build an ADU—most photo labs and fitness rooms don’t need a separate kitchen. A standard addition permit may be an easier way to add that flex space.
Creating additional income from your property
Additional Dwelling Units provide property owners a way to increase property value while generating rental income which wasn’t previously available. Depending on the type of unit and location, homeowners have the opportunity to make a sizeable return each month by making a small investment into creating an ADU.
Does an ADU sound like an investment you’re looking to make? Contact Del Rey Urban and they will help you find a suitable property or advise you on how to convert your current property to include an ADU. With years of experience in remodeling, renovating, and designing – there is no better team to work within the Los Angeles area! View their residential real estate holdings and projects today.