Am I allowed to set a small business in a building or a condo?

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Am I allowed to set a small business in a building or a condo?

Soon I will do the test to receive my Massage Therapist License and I want to rent a house to live and set a small spa in a room to get a few clients.

Asked on September 14, 2010 under Business Law, Florida

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

As a general rule, home businesses are not prohibited but that could depend on the type of the business and it will most definitely depend on your condo rules and regulations (or declaration documents).  When you say "a building" do you mean can you rent an office for same? Sure. But if you mean in your condo be aware that a condo association can limit you ability after the fact so inquire before hand just to be sure.  In fact, get written approval for same by the association.  The worst would be that the business is set to go and then you have to stop. If you mean in a rental such as the apartment where you live, your lease itself may prohibit a business from home.  That, however, may be because your landlord does not want you say running a day care business out of his building or home.  So what I would do is to read your lease and then go and see your landlord and get written permission to start the sewing business. Remember that he or she may not want people parading in and out of his building all day and evening (he has maybe other tenants to worry about and their safety and his property to worry about) so you may want to come up with  a proposal ahead of time that he or she will be okay with.  Good luck.


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