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The Solution to Utahs Housing Problem is Simple but Surprisingly Controversial


“Want to rent out a basement or another part of your house? Here’s what happens in many Utah cities:

“City officials may tell you they accept so-called “accessory dwelling units,” or mother-in-law apartments, but when you apply for a permit, you enter a twilight zone of regulations and rules. You may be told that your home isn’t set back far enough from the street, or that you need a separate ventilation system for the rental space, or that your basement rental can’t be as large as the floor above, or that you don’t have enough space for parking.

“One young couple I know built a home in Utah County city knownf or being rental-friendly. During construction, city inspectors signed off on the basement with a separate entrance, fully aware of the owner’s intentions. Then later, they denied a rental permit, saying the driveway inspectors had previously approved was too large…”

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