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Vermont Law Supports Accessory Housing Development
Posted Date: May 18, 2006

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Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse 'Strategy of the Month
Club' for May 2006: Statewide Protection for Accessory
Dwellings
 
If your state or community wants to promote accessory
dwellings (also known as in-law apartments or 'granny
flats') as part of its overall affordable housing
strategy, you might be interested in a new campaign
launched by the State of Vermont. Last year, the
legislature revised state law to require that local
governments permit one accessory dwelling unit per
single-family house, provided that certain conditions
are met. In order to promote accessory dwellings and the
new state law, the Vermont Department of Housing and
Community Affairs produced a brochure describing issues
that owners should consider when deciding whether to
construct an accessory dwelling unit. The brochure
outlines conditions under which local governments must
permit the accessory dwelling, and provides descriptions
of state permitting issues, landlord-tenant laws, fair
housing, and property and income tax issues that might
influence an owner's decision to build an accessory unit.
 
You can view a copy of this informative brochure
at http://www.huduser.gov/rbc/search/rbcdetails.asp?DocId=1317.
 
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