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Californians have long wrestled with the issue of rising housing costs throughout the state. These skyrocketing costs have largely been driven by a housing shortage, especially in cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. Now, the recently enacted ADU law in California is aiming to change the housing game.
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California bill AB 68, recently passed in the California State Legislature and signed by Governor Newsom, permits single-family homeowners to build accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on their property, as well as “junior ADU’s” such as a garage apartment. This law effectively transforms single-family properties into triplexes, which has the potential to revolutionize the housing markets in heavily populated cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Ira Belgrade, a long-time advocate and consultant for ADU construction in the Los Angeles area stated, “People will be able to have an ADU and a junior ADU on single-family lots, or they can convert two garages on a duplex lot. That’s big for LA!”
According to Senator Bob Wieckowski, a Democrat from the Bay Area, “I’ve always said [ADUs] are a critical part of what needs to be a multi-faceted solution to our housing shortage. I do believe ADUs can make a dent in our housing shortage. If 10 percent of homeowners built an ADU, that would be roughly 900,000 new units. In the San Francisco Bay Area, that would amount to 150,000 new homes, mixed in throughout existing neighborhoods, at no cost to taxpayers.”
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ADU construction has historically been slow to penetrate the housing markets of major cities due to cost and logistics. Now that AB 68 has passed into law, it is easier than ever to create another “tiny home” on your property. At EcoSteel, we provide prefabricated steel homes that are more cost-effective, energy-efficient, and time-sensitive than their stick-built counterparts, the perfect solution for the demand for ADUs and more affordable housing in California.
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