Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a series of statewide measures to encourage accessory dwelling unit (ADU) construction.
The so-called “granny flats” have become increasingly popular in recent years, with homeowners often earning extra money by converting their garages into rental units. In Los Angeles, long-time owners, brokers, and “flippers” have made ADUs a core part of their financial strategies.
But until now, many ADUs have also operated by mostly side-stepping existing building codes. Law makers hope the new legislation makes it easier on home owners to convert free standing garages into ADUs by cutting through the red tape and other barriers to building.