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ADU Leasing Questions

I called this forum the “Almost Daily Blog” for a reason.   For a while there, I was writing almost daily.

Writing daily is like exercising a muscle.  It just needs to be done.  I won’t get into all the reasons here.

But I got lazy, or insecure, and started doubting that whatever I had to say could be of any interest, to anyone.

But that is beside the point.  Daily production is non-negotiable.  Doesn’t matter if it’s the most uninspired dreck in the history of the written word.  Just gotta write something.

And I know one thing for certain, from doing the monthly “features” for the main section of this site.  The more you do it, the better you get at it.

So I am now officially, hopefully, back in the swing.  Now onto the main course.

I am planning to install an ADU—that’s an accessory dwelling unit—in the 2,000 square foot basement of my house.  I have several questions related to rentability, which I will ask in a drop-in meeting with Jeffco Zoning, possibly today.

Here are some of my questions:

  • Can an attached ADU be leased out to a tenant as conventional long-term rental? How about as a short-term rental?
  • Suppose the owner moves out but remains the property owner. Can they lease out both units individually?
  • Suppose the owner sells the property. Can the new owner move in and lease out one unit?  Can they decline to move in and lease out both separately?
  • In what section of the code is all of this spelled out?  Please steer me to the right place.

As Porky Pig used to say, that’s all folks.

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