Real Property Law

Cal. Real. Prop. Journal 2020, VOL. 38, NO. 2

Can ADUs Help Solve California’s Housing Shortage? Recent Amendments to Government Code Section 65852.2 May Provide the Answer

Jason Nelson

Jason Nelson has more than 20 years of combined experience as a real estate attorney and broker. He practices law as a solo, and real estate as one half of the Nelson + Fallone Team with Compass Real Estate in Marin County.*

I. INTRODUCTION

California is suffering from a severe and chronic housing shortage. From government studies, to countless media reports, to Governor Newsom’s statements, the message is clear: California needs more homes. California is estimated to need 3.5 million new housing units by 2025 just to meet its current level of housing demand.1 The area of greatest need is affordable housing units, as more than 50% of households cannot afford the cost of housing.2 This scarcity leads to less social cohesiveness, a decreased sense of belonging, and a greater sense of separation and more pronounced divide between the various socio-economic groups.3

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