Those tiny, often very cute homes that people are adding on their properties seem to be popping up everywhere these days. The tiny buildings can provide extra rental income, offer a less-expensive housing option or provide a home for a relative.
Accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, are second dwelling units created on a lot with an existing house or attached house. They’re often referred to as mother-in-law apartments, granny flats or studio apartments. As a homeowner, what are the legal issues to consider before building an ADU of your own?
Different cities, different rules
First off, different cities have different rules. Before plotting the space for your new tiny house, check with your city’s planning and zoning department to determine what those rules are. You can start online at accessorydwellings.org for a list of regulations by state and city.
Although it’s not always necessary to hire an architect or engineer in the design process, it’s often a good idea, says Lydia Afeman, who is building a home with two micro-apartments on her property in Houston. Involving professionals can help ensure that you’ve covered all your bases on structure safety.
Southern California real estate lawyer Flavia Berys urges homeowners to check local zoning laws and apply for the proper building permits with their local planning department. She also advises them to confirm that their contractor is insured and licensed.
Homeowners should check for building restrictions in their home or property title policy and consult their homeowners association, if applicable.
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