Applications are now open and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please email adu@lacity.org with any questions.

About

The LA ADU Accelerator Program partners with homeowners to rent their accessory dwelling units to older adults facing housing insecurity. In exchange, homeowners receive benefits such as tenant screening, timely and competitive rent, and landlord support. 


How the Program Works for Homeowners

Eligible homeowners undergo a screening process to assess programmatic fit, landlord fit, and ADU quality. Once accepted into the program, homeowners are matched with a qualified tenant who pays a predetermined rental rate. Selected homeowners and tenants agree to participate in the program for five years. Homeowners receive reliable rent and additional benefits from participating in the program. 

The program process has been designed to ensure a safe, easy, and efficient experience for interested homeowners.


Program Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply to the LA ADU Accelerator Program, homeowners must: 

  1. Own a residential property in the City of Los Angeles, and

  2. Have an existing, legally permitted ADU with a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O), or be in the process of receiving a C of O.

To check whether your property is within the City of Los Angeles, input your address into ZIMAS


Homeowner Benefits

The LA ADU Accelerator Program is a one-stop-shop for homeowners interested in renting their ADUs. Whether homeowners are first-time or experienced landlords, they’ll find the program beneficial at nearly every step of the rental process.

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We provide an easy and efficient application process

The program process will take homeowners approximately three months from application submission to tenant move-in.

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We take the guesswork out of finding tenants

Qualified tenant applicants undergo a rigorous screening and selection process before we recommend them to homeowners.

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We limit tenant turnover and vacancy

Our tenants are willing to participate in the program for five years, providing homeowners with a secure and long-term tenancy.

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We ensure consistent and timely rent

The program screens tenants to ensure they can afford monthly rent payments and have a track record for paying rent on time.

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We support the landlord-tenant relationship

Each homeowner receives a dedicated case manager to provide landlord support throughout the five-year term.

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We strengthen Los Angeles together

By participating in the LA ADU Accelerator Program, homeowners increase L.A.’s affordable housing stock and do their part to keep the city livable for all Angelenos.

 


Rent

Homeowners receive the following monthly rental payments for their units:

  • Studio ADU — $1,369

  • One-bedroom ADU — $1,765

  • Two-bedroom ADU — $2,263

  • Three-bedroom ADU — $2,735

Tenants pay 30% of their income towards rent. The remainder is subsidized by the City. 


Program Steps

To apply, all eligible homeowners must complete the following steps:

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Step 1: Written Application

Complete a written application to determine your eligibility for the program. You may complete this application even when your ADU is not vacant. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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Step 2: Interview

Interview with the LA ADU Accelerator Program team to assess how you align with the program’s values.

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Step 3: Complete Suitability Screening

Undergo a background check and a site visit to your ADU.

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Step 4: Tenant Selection

Select your preferred tenant from a pool of qualified tenants matched with you.

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Step 5: Tenant Move-In
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Step 6: Maintain a Good Tenant-Landlord Relationship

Gain valuable landlord support by engaging with your designated case manager.

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Step 7: Spread the Word

Share how you are helping Los Angeles become a better place for all residents.