Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)

Not sure what an ADU or JADU is? You may know them by their more familiar names of “granny flats,” in-law units, second units, etc. ADUs and JADUs offer the benefit of allowing for affordable new construction on existing land.

Associations are allowed under Civil Code § 4751 to impose reasonable restrictions on ADUs and JADUs that do not unreasonably increase the cost to construct, effectively prohibit the construction of, or extinguish the ability of owners to otherwise construct them. These restrictions will likely be in an association's architectural guidelines.

SwedelsonGottlieb assists California community associations with drafting guidelines for ADUs and JADUs in compliance with Civil Code and your association governing documents.