Unlocking Rental Income Potential with Accessory Dwelling Units

November 7, 2023

Jonathan and Krista discuss the emerging trend and legislative discussions surrounding ADUs, also known as granny flats, in-law suites, or secondary properties. This dialogue explores the potential of ADUs to address the affordable housing crisis and the various considerations for property owners looking to implement ADUs on their lot.

What is an ADU?

An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a secondary housing unit on a single residential lot. ADUs can be detached or attached to the primary residence and must be fully functional as an independent living space, equipped with necessary amenities such as plumbing, electrical, and heating.

ADUs and the Housing Crisis

The Biden administration and various state governments have highlighted ADUs as a potential solution to the affordable housing crisis. While ADUs add to the housing stock and can provide additional income for homeowners, their effectiveness in significantly addressing affordability on a large scale is debatable.

Pros and Cons of ADUs

  • Pros: Additional rental income, flexible use for family members or renters, increased property value.
  • Cons: Zoning and legal restrictions, potential neighborhood opposition, initial construction and maintenance costs.

Zoning and Legal Considerations

Zoning laws vary widely, with some areas embracing ADUs as a flexible housing option while others restrict or prohibit their construction. Property owners interested in ADUs should research local regulations and consider the impact on neighborhood dynamics and property values.

Building an ADU: Key Considerations

Property owners considering an ADU should evaluate the potential return on investment, legal and zoning restrictions, and the specific needs of potential occupants. Pre-fabricated units offer a cost-effective solution, while custom builds allow for greater design flexibility but at a higher cost.


While ADUs present an opportunity for homeowners to maximize their property’s potential and contribute to housing solutions, they are not a panacea for the broader affordable housing crisis. Careful planning, adherence to local regulations, and consideration of community impact are essential for successful ADU projects.

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