It’s official — if granny doesn’t want to stay in the flat, you can rent it out.
The Payson Town Council last week adopted an “Accessory Dwelling Unit” ordinance — better known as the “granny flat law,” hoping to provide at least a smidgen of new affordable, rental property in town.
The planning commission has spent more than a year working on the ordinance and wound up essentially adapting a similar law adopted by Sedona.
Currently, homeowners scattered throughout town rent out guest quarters, rooms and even mobile homes on the property — most of them illegal under the current terms of the uniform building code.
However, the guest rooms and in-law flats add options to a tight rental market, where the smallest apartments rent for $400 or $500 a month and most apartment complexes have waiting lists.
The new law would enable many of those homeowner landlords to operate legally, if they met a substantial list of conditions.
The rental units couldn’t operate if the house was located in a homeowners association that barred such units.
The five homeowners associations that replied to a town survey all said they would not allow homeowners to rent rooms or detached guest quarters. The CC & Rs of the remaining associations didn’t discuss such rental units.
The rented rooms and units could only be operated in a home occupied by the owner, on a lot of at lest 6,000 square feet. No mobile homes allowed.
The accessory dwelling units (ADU) must:
• Match the house architecturally.
• Limited to one per property.
• Meet all normal design and setback requirements.
• Contain at least 300 to 800 square feet.
• Account for less than 33 percent of the living space.
• Have window placement that protects privacy of neighbors.
• Have any entrance on the side or rear yard, not the front.
• Have at least one added parking space.
• House no more than 2-4 people, depending on the size of the unit.
• Be rented for at least 30 days.
• May include kitchen facilities.