seperat meter for "second unit"

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Old 04-27-06, 06:28 PM
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seperat meter for "second unit"

I am building a mother-in-law's quarters.

It is legally defined as a “second unit”.

It will be a separate structure with it’s own kitchen.

The city is trying to prove that it is an “accessory building” because it allows them to limit the size of the building.

The city reluctantly admitted that I have the right to have a separate address.

I am looking to further prove that it is not an “accessory building” using utility laws.

As I see it if one dwelling is an accessory to the other, I should not be forced to pay the taxes associated with having 2 electric meters.

1. What metering options do I have?

2. Will the utility companies allow me to feed two separate addresses with one electric meter?
 
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Old 04-27-06, 06:48 PM
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> It is legally defined as a “second unit”.
I'm not an attorney.

> The city is trying to prove that it is an “accessory building” because
> it allows them to limit the size of the building.

And you don't want this.


> I am looking to further prove that it is not an “accessory building” using utility laws.

I'm not an attorney. But to me that sounds iffy.


> As I see it if one dwelling is an accessory to the other,
> I should not be forced to pay the taxes associated with
> having 2 electric meters.
Interesting theory. The poco will probably agree.


> 1. What metering options do I have?
>
> 2. Will the utility companies allow me to feed two separate addresses
> with one electric meter?

I doubt that addresses mean much. They will consider occupancy. If you rent it as a separate unit, they probably require another meter per their PUC tariff. If you use it as a carriage house, it might (should) be allowed to be subbed from your own.
 
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Old 04-27-06, 07:37 PM
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I just built a second domicile on my property. 600 sq. ft., laundry, bath, bedroom, living room, kitchen.
I live in California, and as of the first of the year, you are allowed to build a second dwelling unit on your property if it is one third the size of the main residence or 400 sq. ft. minimum.
You have to file a covenant on said property, only one electrical, one gas, and one water service to said property. All utilities must be shared. You must live in one of the residences. Two addresses were required for the property because of fire and medical.

Tim
 
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