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Governor Hobbs signs "Casita Bill" allowing accessory dwelling units across Arizona – KGUN 9 Tucson News

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The state of Arizona is short 270,000 homes according to a recent study by Arizona State University. Meanwhile, Tucson is facing record lows for affordability as housing and rental prices skyrocketed since 2020. Arizona legislators have put their faith in a newly passed piece of legislation that seeks to increase the housing supply. On May 21, Governor Katie Hobbs signed HB2720, also known as the “casita law,” which allows accessory dwelling


How One Couple Built An ADU That Earns $4,500/Month In Rental Income – Yahoo Finance

How One Couple Built An ADU That Earns $4,500/Month In Rental Income A couple in the Los Angeles area hit a home run when they converted their two-car garage into a luxury accessory dwelling unit (ADU), in 2021. Today, they earn $4,500/month in rental income, representing an annual return of over 15% on their original investment of $354,000. If success stories like this become more common, it could lead to a new boom in new


What does it look like to build more housing?

…we examine how housing provision has evolved for the largest four metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) in California and Texas. Despite differences in their topographies and regulatory environments, we find several common dynamics. As these MSAs grow, we see that fewer new net units are built at the periphery and a smaller share of the new units are built as single-family detached houses. As a greater share of new net units are built in infill locations,


‘Sandwich generation’: How one family built an ADU for aging parents in their yard

RALEIGH, North Carolina — It’s Friday night. Sara and Lee Stein are leaving their home to meet her mother and stepfather, Abby and Bob Millhauser, for an early dinner.

From their front door, they walk 42 steps to reach her parents’ brand-new, 940-square-foot accessory dwelling unit (ADU). It’s even less (14 steps) if they leave from the garage.

Technically, the Millhausers live in their daughter’s


Legalize ADU: Smart Investment for California Homeowners 2024

With housing shortages on the rise and property prices going through the roof, California is paying more attention to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). You might know them as granny flats, in-law units, or backyard cottages. ADUs are a great way to make the most of your property and provide affordable places to live right in your existing neighborhood. In big cities like Los Angeles, there’s a growing number of these


Milpitas launches Preapproved ADU Program

Easing the ADU process

Milpitas homeowners looking to build a detached accessory dwelling unit (ADU) can avail themselves on a new program designed to speed up the permitting process.

The Preapproved ADU Program offers standard construction plan sets designed by qualified professionals and pre-approved by the city. The city’s webpage at details the project sites that do or do not qualify for the program and will


Berkeley Could Allow Homeowners to Sell ADUs as Condos

Berkeley could become the state’s first city to allow homeowners to sell their backyard granny flats as condominiums, based on a new state law.

The City Council ordered staff to craft an ordinance authorizing the sales of accessory dwelling units or ADUs, based on Assembly Bill 1033, enacted this year, the San Francisco Business Times reported.

AB 1033, authored by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, allows cities


Preapproved ADU Program for City of Santa Barbara


The City of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce it is now accepting submissions for designer-owned preapproved plans for detached Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). These plans will be considered for preapproval by the City, with the goals of speeding up the review and approval process, guiding homeowners who may not know where to start, and ensuring that those homeowners work with qualified, experienced professionals. For more information