The need for affordable housing in Dade County is immense. Thousands of workers, like teachers and first responders, can’t afford to live here. It’s a problem our government must immediately address.
As a step toward doing so, the city council recently approved my initiative to legalize detached accessory dwellings, also known as “tiny homes” to some and “granny flats” to others. Such units are allowed to be rented to tenants as an affordable place to live. But creating a flat will have strict guidelines.
For instance, tiny homes aka flats:
- Cannot be located on a lot size smaller than 12,500 square feet.
- A maximum of two residents are allowed to live in the flat.
- The homes can be no smaller than 500 square feet and
- Must meet all minimum housing standards, including adequate parking.
- They are not allowed to be used for short-term rentals
- Must meet all height and setback requirements (for instance front and year setbacks are 25 feet. Sides are 7.5 feet).
- Must be architecturally appealing and blend in with character of neighborhood
Owners will have to get annual inspections by the city and pay for a Certificate of Occupancy as well as a Business Tax Receipt.
The list of guidelines are somewhat complicated, so let me know if you want more info. Attached to this story is a rendition of what the flats will be encouraged to resemble.
The allowance of granny flats provides yet another tool for North Miami to address affordable housing. Life in South Florida is challenging on many levels. For residents of tiny homes, the battle for a roof over their head will be removed.