An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a smaller, independent residential dwelling unit located on the same lot as a stand-alone (i.e., detached) single-family home. ADUs can be referred to as granny flats. ADUs can be converted portions of existing homes, additions to new or existing homes, or new stand-alone accessory structures or converted portions of existing stand-alone accessory structures.
Attached and detached ADUs all have the potential to increase housing affordability (both for homeowners and tenants), create a wider range of housing options within the community, enable seniors to stay near family as they age, and facilitate better use of the existing housing fabric in established neighborhoods. Consequently, many cities and counties have signaled support for ADUs in their plans and adopted zoning regulations that permit ADUs in low-density residential areas. As the need for affordable housing increases, the City and County of San Diego is making it easier to obtain permits to build on your property. Many cities such as La Mesa even have plans available which will make the permit process even easier. Are you thinking about creating additional income through an ADU? Give us a call and we can help you get started on your way to building yours.
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