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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SECOND UNITS AND ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS IN CALIFORNIA Last September Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1069 and Assembly Bill 2406 that promotes secondary dwelling units aka accessory dwelling units (ADU) which as of January 1, 2017 have gone into effect. Accessory Dwelling Units are defined as housing structures that provide complete independent living facilities and include permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation on the same parcel as another dwelling. The idea is this will help defeat the affordable housing crisis in California by creating more affordable housing. So, what's the difference between an Accessory Dwelling Unit and a Second Unit? ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT: Not recognized by city or county as a second unit (sometimes it is though) The market does NOT consider it a second unit Probably does not contribute as much to value Inferior to the main unit in size and location (maybe quality too) Has kitchen, bathroom and sleeping area May or may not be separately metered May or may not have a separate address May or may not be attached to the main house SECOND UNIT Recognized by city or county as a second unit The market recognizes it as a second unit Likely contributes more substantially to value Zoning allows two units It is probably separately metered Most likely has a separate address May or may not be inferior in size and location to the other unit May or may not be attached to the main unit

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Santa Barbara Real Estate Market Trends from January 2013 to February 2017 for number of sales for that month and year. This graph was prepared by Fidelity Title Company in Santa Barbara. The graph reflects the number of sales for the month for southern Santa Barbara homes sold. (Carpinteria to Goleta) Click on image to enlarge.

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