California has approved SB 9, a new law that allows a second house on a lot that currently has a single family residence.
You can turn your house into a duplex or add a second house. Los Angeles needs more houses.
We think it’s a good idea to start by thinking of SB 9 as an opportunity for FREEDOM and FLEXIBILITY for folks who need an ADU.
If you are considering building an ADU, in 2022, SB 9 will let you:
- build a bigger second house
- subdivide your lot into two lots, for two full houses
A second family will be able to live on your property, BUT there are rules. It will take some time for Cities to figure out how to implement the law and the bill will take effect on January 1st, 2022.
We do know that some things won’t be allowed:
- Not applicable in Historic Districts. - No short term rentals. (Sorry, AirBNB)
- No demolition or alteration of affordable or rent-controlled housing or market-rate housing that has been occupied by a tenant in the past three years.
There will be other local rules in each jurisdiction.
But this will provide new opportunities.