Classes & Events
Creating a Private Rental Unit: College of Marin Summer Session
Two separate sessions — Tuesday, June 25, 6:30-9:00pm or Saturday, July 20, 9:30am-12:00pm
Your home is your biggest investment, and it should be working for you. Come learn how the creation of a legal accessory dwelling unit (a.k.a. in-law apartment) can benefit you and your community. Topics include the various types of units, zoning and legal requirements, financing options, and the new, simpler permitting process to turn a bedroom into a “junior” unit. Register through College of Marin Community Education.
General ADU Links:
Make Room for Marin: A guide to ADUs produced by Marin County
Second Unit Resources Center by San Mateo County: This is a great resource for homeowners exploring ADUs
AARP’s The ABC’s of ADUs: A guide to Accessory Dwelling Units and how they expand housing options for people of all ages. Thank you, AARP, for this illustrative online booklet.
AccessoryDwellings.org: A Portland-based website with wonderful photos and stories about creating ADUs
Backdoor Revolution: The Definitive Guide to ADU Development: Our favorite book on the ABCs of ADUs
In-laws, Outlaws and Granny Flats: An excellent and illustrative book extolling the benefits of living more closely and sustainably, with super photos, stories and design ideas. Available at your local library.
Envisioning ADU Living:
Multi-Generational Living: In this touching video by StayOrMove.org, a website that helps people explore how and where they will live as they age, one Marin family openly shares their story of creating an attached ADU for the father and selling the primary home to the next generation. There’s lots of sage advice on successfully preparing to live together, and an exploration of the benefits of multi-generational living and ADUs as a creative age-in-place strategy.
West Marin Expands Housing Options: In this engaging video (narrated by housing advocate and actress Frances McDormand), West Marin’s Real Community Rentals program illustrates the benefits of Junior units (JADUs) for homeowners, tenants and the community, enabling local workers to find a home in the community they love.