A growing number of families want to live in a home along with elderly parents or “boomerang” grown children – but they may run into problems with the local zoning board.
Some 18% of Americans now live in a home with more than one adult generation, and that figure is growing. In many cases, what families want is a home with an “in-law” apartment – one that has a separate entrance, separate kitchen, and separate utilities. The idea is that the family can live together, but the elderly parents or grown children can nevertheless have a measure of independence.
Home builders say there is strong demand for this type of arrangement. The problem is that such structures are often banned by zoning laws in residential neighborhoods. [Read more…]