If you live in Los Angeles, there are two things you know; first, sitting on the 405 Freeway at any time of the day is a form of torture and second, housing in Los Angeles is scarce and runs a big investment. There are however, new laws intended to help address the housing shortage and make a garage conversion easier so that homeowners have options of using that space.
New laws have made it easier to build an Additional Dwelling Unit
New laws went into effect in 2020 that revise the laws governing ADUs- for example, eliminating maximum or minimum size for an ADU based on the percentage of the primary residence. In the past, the ADU could not be bigger than 50% of the existing house.
Another change is that the local permitting agency must act on the submittal of an ADU application within 60 days. Previously, agencies could take up to 120 days in reviewing an application, delaying the whole process.