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SF Chronicle: You Will Soon Be Able To Buy a Cottage In Someone's Backyard In Berkeley

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Berkeley residents could start selling their accessory dwelling units as condominiums within the next year, as the City Council becomes one of the first in California to embrace such a change.

Assembly Bill 1033, a law authored by Assembly Member Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, took effect at the beginning of this year and allows cities to let residents sell ADUs as condos separate from their primary home. On Tuesday, the Berkeley City Council directed city staff to draft an ordinance authorizing the sales, pointing to the need to make homeownership more accessible in one of the Bay Area’s most expensive markets.