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Density is an essential element to solving the housing crisis plaguing California. In 2019, the state adopted several new laws to support density and make it easier for property owners to add new units. Specifically, new laws are facilitating the addition of accessory dwelling units or ADUs, and it could have a big impact in adding housing supply to the market.

“Several California laws adopted in 2019 to facilitate accessory dwelling units directly benefit property owners,” Matt Fogt, a partner at Allen Matkins, tells GlobeSt.com. “The primary laws of interest are Assembly Bill 68, Assembly Bill 881, and Senate Bill 13. The three bills overlap significantly and amend California Government Code Section 65852.2. We anticipate that many multifamily owners will be able to quickly create additional units within their existing multifamily projects based on these recent changes.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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