Washington D.C. ADUs
I get occasional questions about ADUs and, more often, they are included in buyer search lists. They attract buyers because the list prices are so low. Here's some information on ADUs in Washington DC for buyers wanting to know what they are and who qualifies:
Affordable Dwelling Units in the District of Columbia
In 2009, DC's mayor authorized the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to monitor and enforce compliance with requirements to provide or maintain Affordable Dwelling Units (ADUs) in the District of Columbia.
"Affordable Dwelling Unit" is an umbrella term applied to the for-sale and for-rent homes that are locally restricted for occupancy by households whose income falls within a certain range and are generally offered at a below-market rate. ADUs do not include for-sale and for-rent homes that are federally restricted (e.g. HOME, LIHTC, CDBG) or developments funded through HPTF.
ADUs are generally produced in exchange for zoning relief, tax incentives, public financing, and/or the right to purchase or lease District-owned land. Specific ADU provisions, such as the affordability period, income limits, and resale restrictions, are set out in deeds, covenants, land disposition agreements, ADU administration plans and other originating documents. These provisions have historically varied from project to project, as each is a result of a unique negotiation or project approval. However, ADU restrictions have recently become more standardized.
Copyright Susan Isaacs 2012