Accessory Dwelling Units in California

Accessory Dwelling Units in California

Accessory Dwelling Units

On January 1 ,2020, it will become easier to build Accessory Dwelling Units in California, thanks to a package of new bills. Consequently, these bills invalidate local ADU ordinances across the state and replace them with state-mandated rules. The purpose of this bill is to help Californians to have more housing options because California has been dealing with short inventory and high rents for many years. As a remedy Accessory Dwelling Units in California is designed so homeowners and landlords can build an extra unit to their existing home. The processes is deemed to be much easier, faster and more cost effective than ever before.

Thus cities must permit these types of units in multifamily buildings without applying any local development standards. Even if not subject to automatic approval, a city generally must approve any attached or detached ADU under 1,200 square feet unless the city adopts a new ADU ordinance setting local development standards for ADU’s.

In order to allow more housing and ease the rent hikes the state has mandated the Homeowner Associations in California to allow the construction of ADUs. Cities cannot charge any impact fees for ADU’s under 750 sqft; fees for larger ADUs are limited. Furthermore, a city must delay code enforcement against an existing unlawful ADU to allow it to be legalized.

For the first time, the new laws allow units to be added to multifamily buildings. Cities must permit these types of units in multifamily buildings without applying any local development standards.

Final Take

The effect of the new ADU law is crucial to our rental housing market; which came to effect as a result of low inventory and high demand for rental properties. Evidently, the number of homeowners applying for ADU permits is continuing to increase and more permits are being issued; as the purpose of this law is to expedite the process of issuing permits. Therefore, more rental units are being added in the market, which helps to offset and reduce the large gap between the cost of renting and low inventory. Reduction in processing time and reduction in cost for applying has encouraged more and more homeowners to looking into bulding an ADU unit on their property.

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