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The answer in many jurisdictions is no; even if you are allowed to build a guest house (or accessory dwelling unit, or guest casita),you can rent it out. You can let someone live there (like older parents or grown kids) or let visiting friends stay there for free, but you cannot rent it out.

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  • Can I rent out my Guest House?

  • If I Build a Guest House, Can I Rent It Out? The answer in many jurisdictions is no; even if you are allowed to build a guest house (or accessory dwelling unit, or guest casita), you can rent it out. You can let someone live there (like older parents or grown kids) or let visiting friends stay there for free, but you cannot rent it out.

  • What is a guest house?

  • The guest house was designed with flexibility in mind, and can serve as an office, extra living space, retreat, or a pool cabana. Black Architects incorporated principles of universal design and an eye on future needs in the guest cottage, such as wide doorways, a roll-in shower, and low entry transition.

  • What is a cottage-style guest house?

  • A cottage-style guest house sits behind a larger cottage at a property in Rhode Island. Designed by Goff Architecture, the guest cottage measures a compact 200 square feet and includes one bedroom, a full bath, a built-in wardrobe, and a screened-in porch at the back. The exterior is clad with Eastern white cedar shingles and painted trim.

  • What makes a good guest house?

  • A guest house doesn’t have to be elaborate: If it’s big enough to include a bedroom or even a bed or sleeper sofa, along with at least a half-bath and maybe a mini-fridge for drinks and snacks, that should keep everyone happy. If it has extras like a living room, stove, wifi, shower, and a porch, nobody will complain.