If you own, live in, or are contemplating buying a home with an “in-law” unit, be aware that Oakland is in the process of revising its regulations. The city is doing so to conform with a new state law, effective July 1, 2003. This legislation restricts local controls on “secondary units” (in-laws) in residential areas.
There are many issues to consider and Oaklanders will have varying opinions on how to handle them. Among the concerns are parking, neighborhood density, noise and pollution. Number one on the list should be fire and poisonous gas safety in the unit, but do not count on this getting sufficient attention.Read More