City of Malibu Loses Low Income Housing Lawsuit


A judge decided guesthouses may not count as low income housing.

Does bunking the nanny in the pool house constitute low income housing?

A decision in L.A. County Court last week throws into question the City of Malibu’s 2014 decision to count “secondary units” like guesthouses as low or very low income housing in order to meet quotas demanded by the County of Los Angeles Department of Regional Planning.

For the 2008-2014 City Housing Element, Malibu City Council decided that 30 so-called “secondary units” — guesthouses and second homes on a single parcel — fall into the regional housing needs assessment (RHNA) criteria for low or very low income housing provided by the county, of which Malibu is supposed to include 188.

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