LA County’s United Dwelling Will Build You an ADU in 6 Weeks - Tiny House Blog
May 25, 2020

LA County’s United Dwelling Will Build You an ADU in 6 Weeks

Due to the Assembly Bill 68 allowing for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in Los Angeles County, there has been an explosion of businesses who focus on assisting with the building of those ADUs. Building a tiny building in a backyard in a code-heavy county can be daunting, but companies such as United Dwelling are making it easier and are sharing the rental profits with homeowners.

United Dwelling is looking for homeowners to partner with on ADU projects.

Photos by United Dwelling

United Dwelling is a startup, but its team has over 15 years of experience building ADUs in Los Angeles. The company partners with homeowners and local communities to transform unused backyard space and garages into 369 square foot rental homes. The homes would be rented out for between $1,300 and $2,100 per month to a vetted tenant. The startup would share the rental income with homeowners, who could make $500 to $1,500 a month depending on the average median income of their neighborhood.

The ADUs are 20×24 foot studios built in unusable areas of a backyard.

The little studios measure 20×24 feet. They contain a bedroom with a wall of storage, a kitchenette with full appliances, bathroom, living area and a private deck. The homes even have room for a washer and dryer.

The homes have a full kitchen, bathroom, and a wall of storage.

United Dwelling plans for each of the homes to be located in areas with public transportation or close to transit hubs. There are about 831,000 homes in Los Angeles County that fit the standard and the building process only takes about six weeks.

The studios also have private patios with a fenced wall for pets or plants.

When United Dwelling partners with appropriate homeowners, it covers the cost of construction of the ADU in the backyard or garage. They also rent the land where it stands, with the option to lease for 12, 15, or 25 years. At the end of the lease, the homeowner would own the unit. Homeowners can also buy the unit from United Dwelling for about $88,000.

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

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