Ginny's RI House Hunt Blog: December 2016

Accessory Dwellings in RI Made Easier with Legislation

In Law Apartment Requirements in Rhode Island - New Laws

Across All Towns Now Uniform

 

As of January 1, 2017, homeowners of single family homes will have the legal right to have an accessory dwelling unit (in law apartment), for a family member who is 62 years or older without having to obtain a special use permit from the town/city in which the property is located.

 

Since 2008 in RI, homeowners have been able to build an accessory dwelling for relatives who are disabled but those were the only individuals elgible for this without a town's approval.

 

The law provides the following benefits:

  • Allows seniors to age in place, close to caregivers, and in multi-generational homes
  • Creates a positive impact on the affordable housing shortage in Rhode Island
  • Helps increase the supply of affordable housing without government subsidies
  • Makes it possible for adult children to provide care and support to an elderly parent.

 

You can read the accessory law here:   http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/PublicLaws/law16/law16503.htm

 

The law requires the property owner to record a declaration of the accessory family dwelling unit and any restrictions with the municipal land evidence north kingstown real estaterecords and to file a copy with both the municipal zoning enforcement officer and building official. The approval of accessory dwelling ends when the property is sold and the new owner must apply with a new application to the town.

 

Related parties must be related by blood, marriage or other legal means and must supply the town with that documentation.

 

This is an exciting change in Rhode Island housing options for many families who want to incorporate a family member into their home.  Kudos to the lawmakers for finally making it easier for families to have their loved ones age in place!  

 

Rhode Island Accessory Dwelling Law as of 2017

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