An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a smaller, independent dwelling unit located on the same property as a single-family home. In America, ADUs can go by many names, including accessory apartments, secondary suites and granny flats. If you are planning on adding an ADU to your residential property in California, one of the main things you need to consider is whether or not your local homeowner’s association (HOA) can keep you from building it.
Common Reasons to Build an ADU
ADUs are a great investment for many reasons. They are good for communities and are a huge benefit to their owners. Here are some of the top reasons why homeowners decide to invest in an accessory dwelling unit.
- More space for family or work
- A profitable investment or additional monthly income
- A guest suite
- Aging-in-place or multigenerational living
- Downsizing and renting out the main home
Can Your HOA Prohibit You From Building an ADU?
Thanks to a new law (Assembly Bill 670, codified as Cal. Civil Code § 4751) in California, owners of California properties governed by HOA may no longer be prohibited or unreasonably restricted from building or using, such as the renting and leasing of, an accessory dwelling unit on a lot zoned for a single-family residence. The new law addresses what Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) by which HOA owners must abide by. However, there is an “if” in this new law. The restrictions are voided if and only if the new structure meets the minimum standards provisions for a dwelling.
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