HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu residents will now be able to build and rent secondary homes on their property.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed a bill into law Monday that lets homeowners in appropriately zoned areas apply for permits to build accessory dwelling units. Caldwell says there are about 20,000 lots in the city zoned for the additional homes.
Accessory dwelling units can be 400 to 800 square feet and attached or detached from the main home. Only one unit can be built per lot and rental agreements cannot be shorter than six months.
Supporters of the new program say the additional units will help provide affordable housing in the city as well as create additional income for homeowners.