ADU’s are all the buzz lately, and for a good reason! What would you do with an extra $1,000 – $2,000 per month? ADU’s or accessory dwelling units can not only provide you with the luxury of extra living space, they can even bring in extra income. To combat the statewide housing shortage crisis, California’s legislation has been encouraging the construction of ADU’s and other developments of housing. And it turns out, they’re a creative, affordable, and effective solution. Since regulations have relaxed in Long Beach, it’s now easier than ever to add an ADU to your property.
What’s an ADU?
An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a small secondary housing structure that’s on the same property as a larger, primary structure. Otherwise known as granny flats or in-law units, ADU’s can be built as a stand alone unit or be attached to a garage or home. They’re typically fully equipped with a kitchen, bathroom, and separate entrance, so many people utilize them to house elderly family members or rent them out to generate passive income. But, there are certain regulations and requirements to build an ADU on your property in Long Beach, CA. According to the Long Beach Business Journal, ADUs are allowed on any property within residential, mixed-use and planned development zoning districts, as well as areas with specific plans allowing residential uses, and may range in size from 150 to 800 square feet. To learn more about zoning laws and ADU regulations in Long Beach, click here.
What are the benefits?
If you’re not already sold on ADU’s yet, wait until you read about the many benefits they have to offer. The benefits depend on how you plan on using the ADU.
More Housing – In the grand scheme of things, ADU’s can help relieve the rising tension of the current housing shortage by providing options for couples, small families, seniors, etc. looking for a place to live.
Added Income – One of the most obvious and favorable benefits of an accessory dwelling unit is the ROI. An extra $1,000 – $2,000 per month can help you pay off debt, save for retirement, support family expenses, build a business, and so much more!
Extra Living Space – With an ADU, you can finally live out your man-cave or she-shed dreams! Well, those might not be for everyone but the added living space is a huge perk. An ADU can serve as a studio, workspace, game room, extra bedroom, and for all of you cinema lovers, maybe even a home theater.
How do you ADU?
Don’t break out your blueprints just yet. There are a couple of boxes you need to check before you can start building an accessory dwelling unit in your backyard. Aside from making sure your property meets all of the criteria, you need to apply for an ADU building permit, present your construction plans, and pay the applicable fees. To get started with this process visit the Long Beach Planning Bureau ADU webpage here.
Whether you’re looking to generate more income, increase your home value, or house a loved one, adding an ADU is a great option. If you’re thinking of adding an ADU to your home in Long Beach, and have any questions give us a call at 562-896-2456!