ADUs & RELATED LEGAL ISSUES


Accessory Dwelling Units (“ADUs”) are a secondary, detached dwelling outfitted with complete independent living facilities for one or more persons. These structures are often presented to homeowners as an innovative, affordable, effective option to increase the value and living space of their property because they may not require paying for land, major new infrastructure, structured parking, or elevators. ADUs are also known as granny units, granny flats, in-law units, in-law cottages, mother-in-law apartments, sidekick homes, laneway homes, backyard guesthouses, backyard cottages, and secondary dwelling units.

ADUs can take various forms. For example, an ADU can be attached to the already existing house or property (such as an apartment over a garage), can be an existing space on the primary structure that is converted into a separate living space (such as a basement or a storage area that is converted into an independent living space), and can also be a completely separate building on the same property. Of note, California also has a Junior ADU (“JADU”) which is a living space of no more than 500 square feet contained entirely within an already existing structure. Further, under California state law, up to 1200 square feet of additional space can be added to a property with an ADU.

LS Carlson Law can assist you with the following legal issues that may arise regarding ADUs:

HOA APPROVAL
DISPUTES

VIEW
DISPUTES

SETBACK
ISSUES

ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL
COMMITTEE DISPUTES

ADA
COMPLIANCE

COUNTY
REGULATIONS

SHORT TERM RENTAL
RESTRICTIONS

ADU CONVEYANCE
RESTRICTIONS

DEVELOPMENT
STANDARDS

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