An accessory living unit, also referred to as an ADU, is usually a secondary or permanent residence built on the same property lot as a primary home, such as in a duplex or condominium. In a case like this, the ADU will act as a temporary or transitional home between two locations. For example, a single family home may have two or three attached condominium units, all built on the same parcel of land.
ADUs can be purchased separately, by the owner, or they may be rented out as part of a multi-unit complex, like in an apartment complex, or they may be built on top of another unit. An ADU is typically a separate entity from the main home, but can be mixed in with the rest of the home.
These housing units can be built to a standard size and can usually include appliances, laundry facilities, and parking spaces. They can also include other features, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry areas. An ADU generally has a set floor plan and may not be customized. These are also known as “mixed use”condo conversions,” and are common in new developments.
An ADU can have an individual unit owner, who rents out his unit to people in need. However, the owner is responsible for furnishing and maintaining it. If the unit owner fails to do so, the tenant is not responsible for making repairs. In addition, the tenant is not allowed to bring pets into the unit.
The advantages of ADUs include their convenience, their durability, and their cost-effectiveness. Because ADUs are not attached to a main house, they often have a shorter commute time, and are usually less expensive to construct than a traditional home. They are also often a great choice for people who do not have the time or space for owning a home but do not want a mortgage, or the hassle of upkeep. A person living in an ADU does not need to take time off from work, or go far from family, friends, to go see friends or family.
The advantages and cons of an ADU are many. It is important for anyone interested in purchasing one to carefully consider all aspects of the decision, including the pros and cons.
One of the biggest advantages of having an ADU is that they usually have a lot of storage capacity, including a large garage, basement, or attic area, which is perfect for storing bikes, tools, or recreational vehicles. This is a huge advantage for families who live in rural areas, or on farms, where transportation is difficult. Another advantage is the cost-effectiveness.
One disadvantage of living in an ADU is that they often do not have the same conveniences, as a traditional home would, and can sometimes have higher maintenance costs. Also, many states and communities do not allow tenants to rent these types of units.