TOWSON, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore County Council is expected to vote on an ordinance that would offer guidelines for add-on apartments.


The council is scheduled to vote on Monday on a bill that would restrict these apartments to immediate family members. The bill would also establish requirements for kitchen and bathroom facilities once the relative leaves the unit or the property is sold.


An increasing number of residents have been using spaces, known as “in-law apartments,” to care for elderly or disabled residents. However, The Baltimore Sun reports that one community association has spent thousands of dollars fighting a Cockeysville couple’s decision to convert their garage into an apartment for their adult son.


In the past, the county has required special hearings for units like garage apartments.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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