Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Could Backyard Apartment Homes Solve San Jose's Housing Shortage?

Mother-in-law suites and poolhouses are nothing new. California homeowners have been leasing out these spaces for decades, putting unused space to good use for tenants in need of a small place to call their own. Now, a new company wants to help bring more of these rental homes to the properties of San Jose residents.

The Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that Abodu, a residential construction company based in the Bay Area, has secured the first pre-approval for San Jose's new program encouraging the construction of backyard apartments. The company offers a 500 square foot, one-bedroom living concept for homeowners interested in becoming landlords. 

The base price for these auxiliary dwelling units isn't exactly chump change. Starting at $199,000, the homes will be constructed off-site and come with a 10-year warranty. Though these structures are unlikely to fix the larger housing shortage in San Jose, it could bring solo renters relief. 

Of course, becoming a landlord isn't something to embark upon casually. Convenient construction projects are just the beginning. Ongoing maintenance, tenant screening, leasing, and other challenges await new San Jose landlords. If you're considering renting out space on your property, you may want to reach out to the team at Cal Bay Property Management. Fully explore your options before committing to a year-long experiment!

- Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management

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