Everyone is excited about the possibility of having a granny flat. January 1st 2017 the State passed a Bill greatly reducing the restrictions on adding “accessory dwelling units” most notably in residential zones formerly restricted to single family dwellings. It basically eliminates single family residential zoning. It eliminated the many hurdles previously in place: it prohibits certain parking restrictions, lot density limits, the need to permit a new or separate utility connection for sewer of utilities or imposing a related connection fee.
Intended to ease the California housing crisis, the new law allows construction of one additional dwelling per residential lot, and circumvents many local restrictions. That’s HUGE!
Even existing unpermitted second units may be brought into compliance under the law. Let’s call it grandfathering a Granny flat… Under certain circumstances unfinished existing space, such as garage second floors, can also be “rehabilitated” as rental units.There are restrictions that may make it less than ideal for some homeowners. The structure is limited to 1,200 square feet. It must still meet most local building codes and setback requirements.
But this law was not intended to make everyone into an owner of an Air B&B for additional income. There is a provision that a long-term covenant must be placed against the property restricting rental of such units to low and very low-income persons at “affordable” rates. That varies by City.
To learn more about this significant change in California law, you need only Google SB 1069. There are a host of websites describing the opportunity in greater detail. Of course, feel free to call me with any questions.
Nancy has been licensed to sell real estate since 1991. This includes sales experience in residential, land and investment properties. Due to her vast experience and expertise in the handling of complicated real estate transaction, she as the chosen as the Official Real Estate Sponsor of the Pasadena Bar Association for 5 years.
Nancy approaches each home sale as a new work that will be given a glorious Premiere! The staging, set design, and presentation all result in her listings being the “buzz” all over town. Nancy harnesses the power of the Internet to give her listings a competitive edge. She sees the Web as the most valuable way to respond to the constantly changing real estate climate. Nancy has the experience, knowledge and flexibility to harness the power of the Web in real estate transactions to get her sellers’ properties the best exposure, worldwide.
Like most people in this field, Nancy had another career before entering real estate. After graduating from Northwestern University School of Music, she attended the Juilliard School. Nancy went to Europe for the summer to continue her vocal training and stayed for 12 years! She sang professionally as a lyric soprano soloist in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. Nancy is fluent in German and has a very good ear for languages! Her years of living abroad have given her a deep understanding of Buyers and Sellers from varying cultures and traditions. This experience is a valuable tool in understanding client needs and translates into a superb skill in negotiating on behalf of her clients. The experience of living in Europe as well as recent trips to visit family in Asia, she has a deep understanding of varying architectural and decorating styles.