What address can my wife use for her new cleaning business if but we rent and the homeowners will not allow us to use our home address for our business address?

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What address can my wife use for her new cleaning business if but we rent and the homeowners will not allow us to use our home address for our business address?

Also, the city we our in says we can’t use a P.O. Box for our business license and we can’t use a family or friends address if we do not reside there. They said they need to be able to inspect the business property. The thing is, with her business she doesn’t do any thing from our home and all of her clients would provide their own cleaning supplies. We literally just need an address for tax and license purposes. We’re trying to do everything legally but it we can’t figure out how to get things started if we can’t use our address. Would really appreciate any help any one can offer.

Asked on May 1, 2017 under Business Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You may have to rent office space--there are some businesses which specifically rent out small pieces or shares of office space for otherbusinesses that don't need a large or full time office. (And also businesses that don't need as much space as they bought or rented, and look to offset part of the cost by renting out a piece of it.) Unfortunately, you are between a rock and a hard place: the city ordinances you describe are valid--they may place a burden on businesses like yours, but that doesn't make them illegal. And a landlord may restrict the use of his/her property, and many residential landlords do prohibit commercial use out of their property, since a business operating out of their location can increase their insurance cost or even void their insurance (which was purchased for residential/rental purposes, not commercial).
If you don't want or can't afford to rent even a "share an office," if you have a friend or family in a different town/city nearby which lacks such ordinances (e.g. will let you use an address if you don't live there), perhaps you could use their address--no law says you have to set up your business where you live.

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