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What Do These New Senate Bills Mean for Homeowners?

Today I’m explaining how Senate Bills 8, 9, and 10 affect homeowners.

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Has single-family zoning gone away?

Well, not exactly, but Governor Gavin Newsom did just sign Senate Bills 8, 9, and 10 into law, which allow for the construction of duplexes on single-family lots, and enable single-family lots to be subdivided. In essence, you could take your single-family lot and turn it into a four-plex if you wanted.

There are some restrictions to this, however. Construction isn’t allowed in fire zones, historical neighborhoods, or tenant-occupied properties, and rent control is mandatory. Requirements also include a minimum lot size of 1,200 square feet and a parking spot if the property isn’t near a mass transit area. A homeowner taking advantage of this must sign an affidavit stating that they will live in the property or one of the units for at least three years.

If you have any questions about SBs 8, 9, and 10, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d be happy to walk you through it in more detail.

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