Potential Of In-Law Apartments To Address Housing Shortage Focus Of Upper Valley Forum | New Hampshire Public Radio

Potential Of In-Law Apartments To Address Housing Shortage Focus Of Upper Valley Forum

Oct 4, 2018

A more familiar moniker for a so-called "accessory dwelling" is "in-law apartment"
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An Upper Valley non-profit is hosting a public information session Thursday on accessory dwelling units, often known as in-law apartments.

New Hampshire recently legalized accessory dwelling units, protecting them from local regulation. They’re seen as a tool to address significant housing shortages across the state, including in the Upper Valley.

That’s because they take advantage of existing infrastructure, are often affordable for renters, and provide additional income for property owners, said Mike Kiess, Workforce Housing Coordinator with Vital Communities, the non-profit organizing the event.

He said he's been surprised at the slow growth in accessory dwelling units since the law change, but blames it in part on a lack of awareness on the part of homeowners -- something he hopes to address Thursday evening. 

The event will run from 4-6pm at the Kilton Library in West Lebanon.