Real Property Law

Cal. Real. Prop. Journal 2021, VOL. 39, NO. 1

Combining California Codes: ADUs, Rent Control, and Unit Retention

Holly M. Barberi

Holly Barberi spent several years in private practice in Texas and California and then moved in-house as General Counsel for other real estate brokerages for almost thirteen years. She moved to Vista Sotheby’s International Realty in 2019 changing roles such that Holly now incorporates both her legal and management skills as she assists the brokerage and agents in looking toward the future of real estate. She typically resides in Manhattan Beach with her husband and children, or she can be found in Mammoth Lakes skiing with her family.


The housing crisis in California has come to a head. People are sleeping in tents on the streets,1 apartments are jammed full of multiple families, and the rental rates are higher than ever before.2 California is struggling with how to deal with this housing crisis. This crisis is pushing state and local legislators to change the amount of housing units available for rent or purchase, either by increasing new supply or preventing a decrease of current supply.

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