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Richmond Passes Ordinances that Regulate Short-Term Rentals and Allow Accessory Dwelling Units by Right

On September 25, the Richmond City Council passed two ordinances related to housing. The first allows homeowners to build one accessory dwelling unit (ADU), often referred to as a “mother-in-law suite”, “granny flat”, or “carriage house”, on their single-family lot by-right, which means that they no longer have to seek permission to do so. In addition, Council passed new regulations for short-term rentals (STR), like Airbnbs, which include a primary residency requirement for STR operators in residential districts but no such requirement for those in commercial districts. This ordinance also restricts the number of STRS that can operate in a lot.

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