There, this kind of housing -- referred to officially as "accessory dwelling units'' but better known as granny flats, garage apartments or alley houses -- is being welcomed and even encouraged, thanks to friendly zoning laws.
Fannie Mae does not use the term accessory dwelling unit in its single-family Selling Guide, but will purchase loans on properties with illegal "accessory units," a scenario for which it provides detailed guidance.
STURBRIDGE - Shot down at the annual Town Meeting in 2007, the controversial Accessory Dwelling Unit bylaw proposal crept back into the collective consciousness of the Planning Board last night with little contention and even a constructive consensus.
Amenities of the home include a Four Seasons Sunroom/family room; a stone and vertical grain, fir wood-burning fireplace with disappearing plasma TV above the mantel; high quality Canyon Creek cabinets; granite countertops; cherry and tile floors; sound system; steam shower and large jetted tubs; a composite deck; and accessory dwelling unit.
The first draft of the accessory dwelling unit bylaw that was sent to all Zoning Study Committee and Planning Board members on June 8 clearly identifies the article as an accessory dwelling unit bylaw and not an in-law apartment.