For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, an ADU is an abbreviation of the term Accessory Dwelling Unit. These are typically second (or third, as permitted in some areas) housing units on a residential property. So, what does this mean? Well … your garage, or your backyard could be a well of untapped income. Every city is going to have its own rules, and since we are located in Los Angeles County, we can only speak to what we see going on here. Always check with your local city housing department to see what the rules are where you live.
So, does that mean you have to live in the main house? Actually, many Angelinos are even renting out their main home and settling into the ADU for themselves. For those wading into the river of retirement, whose children are no longer in the home, or who just don’t need that much space (ADUs are typically between 400–1,200 sq. ft), living in the second or third unit suits their needs just fine. Plus, you get to enjoy the brand newness of it all.