While there are many types of ADUs, they all serve to provide separate living spaces on existing single-family properties. Because constructing an ADU does not require buying new land, ADUs are a very affordable way to build new housing.
People build ADUs for various reasons:
To create space for family, elderly parents, or relatives who need to be close but want an independent unit
Generate additional rental income
Host visiting relatives, guests, etc.
Build new housing at an affordable rate
Increase a home’s resale value or home equity
Add density to a neighborhood while maintaining its character
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In the media
More city leaders, policy makers, and planning experts across the country are recognizing the benefits of building ADUs. In Los Angeles, adding ADUs to single-family homes contributes meaningfully to the City’s housing stock and plays a significant role in alleviating the housing crisis. Below are articles that demonstrate the unique potential of ADUs to help Los Angeles mitigate its housing challenges.