California’s Laws Tackle the Housing Crisis

In 2017, California legalized the conversion of existing buildings on single-family lots to ADUs and on January 1, 2020, the law expanded to allow every single-family homeowner to add both an ADU and a junior ADU.

SAN FRANCISCO—Accessory Dwelling Units/ADU conversions are now legal throughout California, thanks to landmark by-right ADU laws signed by the governor in 2017 and 2020 that address the state’s housing crisis. These laws not only give Californians the tools to ease the housing crisis, but more imminently, the health crisis.