Unlocking Homeownership: AB 1033 Paves the Way for ADU Condo Sales


In 2023, California took a monumental step in tackling its housing crisis with the passage of Assembly Bill 1033 (AB 1033). This legislation introduces a groundbreaking approach to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) by allowing them to be sold as individual condominiums, offering a promising solution to housing shortages and empowering homeowners financially. Here's a comprehensive guide to understanding AB 1033 and how SKS Construction can help homeowners realize their ADU dreams.

What is AB 1033?

AB 1033 is a landmark legislative measure enacted in California, enabling homeowners to sell ADUs as separate condominium units. Traditionally, ADUs, also known as granny flats or in-law units, have served as secondary dwellings on the same property as the primary residence. However, AB 1033 revolutionizes this concept by permitting the subdivision and independent sale of ADUs, akin to condominiums.

Key Provisions of AB 1033:

  • Condominium Sales: With AB 1033, homeowners gain the flexibility to subdivide their properties and sell ADUs as individual condominium units. This provision expands the pool of prospective homebuyers and promotes independent ownership of ADUs, fostering housing accessibility and diversity.
  • Regulatory Framework: The legislation establishes a clear regulatory framework for the sale of ADUs as condominiums, encompassing requirements for permitting, notification to utilities, and the formation of homeowners associations. Our construction company is well-versed in navigating these regulations, ensuring a streamlined process for homeowners.
  • Community Development: AB 1033 aims to spur community development by encouraging densification in established neighborhoods. By unlocking the potential of ADUs, the legislation promotes the creation of more compact, walkable communities while maximizing existing resources. Our construction company specializes in innovative design solutions that enhance community connectivity and livability.
  • Financial Empowerment: One of the primary objectives of AB 1033 is to empower homeowners financially. By enabling ADUs to be sold independently, the legislation allows homeowners to unlock the value of their properties, generate additional income, and build wealth. Our construction company offers expertise in ADU construction and renovation, maximizing property value and investment returns for homeowners.

How Does AB 1033 Work?

Here's a step-by-step overview of how AB 1033 operates and how our construction company can assist homeowners:

  • Review Local Regulations: Our team assists homeowners in navigating local regulations governing ADUs, ensuring compliance with zoning requirements and eligibility criteria.
  • Assess Property Eligibility: We help homeowners assess the eligibility of their properties for ADU development, considering factors such as space availability, setback requirements, and building codes.
  • Obtain Necessary Permits: Our construction experts guide homeowners through the permitting process, obtaining approvals for ADU construction, subdivision, and condominium conversion from local authorities.
  • Conduct Market Analysis: We conduct thorough market analysis to help homeowners assess demand, pricing trends, and competition for ADUs in their area, optimizing sales strategies and maximizing returns.
  • Prepare Property for Sale: Our construction company provides comprehensive services to prepare ADUs for sale, including staging, repairs, and marketing strategies tailored to attract potential buyers.
  • Comply with Legal Requirements: We ensure homeowners adhere to all legal requirements governing ADU sales and condominium conversions, facilitating documentation and formation of homeowners associations as needed.

Implementation in Participating Cities:

In participating cities, AB 1033 will be implemented with specific protocols, including notification to utilities and the formation of homeowners associations. SKS Construction assists homeowners in complying with these requirements, ensuring a smooth and successful process.


AB 1033 heralds a new era of ADU development in California, offering homeowners a pathway to homeownership and financial empowerment. With SKS Construction’s expertise and support, homeowners can navigate the complexities of ADU construction and condominium sales, realizing the full potential of their properties while contributing to community development and housing affordability. Together, we can build a brighter future for homeowners and communities across California.

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