What is an ADU?
Carriage house. Granny flat. Mother-in-law suite. Alley house. Over the years, these structures have gone by a variety of names. Currently, they are most commonly referred to in city zoning departments as “Accessory Dwelling Units” or ADUs. In many areas of the country ADUs were commonplace. As cities grew, many cities outlawed them, but they are making a comeback as the needs of cities evolve.
Many homeowners are turning to ADUs for the versatility they offer and benefits they can provide, including:
Short term rentals — Online short term rental sites like airbnb.com and vrbo.com have become increasingly popular resources for travelers in recent years. This has also been a lucrative option for homeowners with attractive living spaces near tourist destinations.
Long term rental — Become a landlord without giving up space in your home or even buying a second property. With an ADU, your rental property is where you can always keep an eye on it.
Mother-in-law suite — If you have an aging family member that you need to take care of, an ADU can be an ideal solution. They can maintain their autonomy with their own standalone home, but they can have family nearby when needed.
Your second option — Are you an empty nester with more home than you need? Did an economic downturn or loss of job change your financial situation? Are you looking to simplify after retiring? No matter what your reason, an ADU offers you the option to downsize your home to the smaller unit and to rent out your primary home. Having a choice is always a plus.
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