granny flat


Definition of granny flat

chiefly British
: an apartment that is adjacent to the main living quarters of a house

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Recent Examples on the Web The bills that went into effect this month, however, bar cities and counties from charging fees to build granny flats that are 750 square feet or less. John King,, "California’s big housing bill fell short. A push for backyard cottages is moving ahead," 3 Feb. 2020 Small, second homes sharing a city lot with an existing house are called accessory dwelling units (ADUs) by building department officials, but owners refer to them as in-law apartments or granny flats. oregonlive, "In-law flat saves this granny and daughter during the coronavirus crisis: Close but separated," 21 Apr. 2020 The solution to living comfortably (or at all) in a state with ridiculously high prices could lie in granny flats. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In California: ICE ignores state immigration laws," 21 Feb. 2020 The Air Quality Management District supplied $5,500 for the car and $2,000 to install a charger in his landlord’s driveway — Burns lives with his wife and kids in a backyard granny flat. Rachel Swan,, "With new grant program, Bay Area spreads electric cars to low-income drivers," 7 Dec. 2019 The latter buys the tenant his or her own detached granny flat with a full kitchen and bathroom. Jennifer Van Grove,, "Is this the only way millennials can live in a house?," 24 May 2018 The focus on building what are affectionately called granny flats is a simple matter of math. Mercury News Editorial Board, The Mercury News, "Editorial: Expediting granny flats can ease San Jose housing crisis," 30 Aug. 2019 Mullin suggested to the council that potential granny flat tenants could be processed through the county’s Section 8 affordable housing program. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "Council maintaining interest in granny flat proposal," 17 July 2019 The county has already removed many of the regulations around accessory dwelling units, a separate living space on the same lot as a larger single-family home known as granny flats, carriage homes or mother-in-law suites or garage apartments. Caroline Glenn,, "Orange County task force calls for $160 million affordable housing fund," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of granny flat

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for granny flat

from its use by parents of the family living in the house

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14 Jun 2020

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“Granny flat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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