The ABCs of ADUs A guide to Accessory Dwelling Units and how they expand housing options for people

An accessory dwelling unit is a small residence that shares a single-family lot with a larger primary dwelling.


• As an independent living space, an ADU is self-contained, with its own kitchen or kitchenette, bathroom and living/ sleeping area. (Garage apartments and backyard cottages are each a type of ADU.)


• ADUs can enable homeowners to provide needed housing for their parents, adult children, grandchildren or other loved ones.


• An ADU can provide older adults a way to downsize on their own property while a tenant or family member resides in the larger house.


• Since homeowners can legally rent out an ADU house or apartment, ADUs are an often-essential income source.


• ADUs help to improve housing affordability and diversify a community’s housing stock without changing the physical character of a neighborhood.


• ADUs are a beneficial — and needed — housing option for people of all ages.


SOURCE: https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/livable-communities/livable-documents/documents-2019/ADU-guide-2-page-handout.pdf


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