It’s every home based business person’s worst nightmare. You build a business from your home and then are forced to close down due to zoning rules or covenants. In the case of home businesses in the Lansdowne Potomac Club Homeowners Association (VA), they will be forced to shut down by way of association covenants.
In this particular instance, it looks a bit irregular because initially the home business people were told they could operate. Full story below:
In the past, I’ve talked about making sure your home business is compliant with local zoning laws and that you have the correct licenses and permits. One of the fastest growing housing segments today are common-interest developments (condos, planned developments, and others) that are usually governed by a Homeowner’s Association. These associations generally have the authority to enforce conditions and restrictions which are spelled out in their bylaws.
If you have a home-based business and live in a place governed by such an association, have you checked the bylaws to make sure your business is allowed? If there are restrictions, can they be waived on a case-by-case basis or are they ‘set in stone’?
Perhaps you’re shopping for a home and might be planning a home-based business somewhere down the road. Keep in mind that Homeowners Associations will have their sets of rules and that the Association can add a layer of bureaucracy you may have to deal with. Don’t do what the people in Lansdowne did: rely on verbal approvals. Get association approvals in writing and they will be more likely to serve as a waiver later on.
Tags: Home Based Business, Home Business Legality, Home Business Restrictions, Homeowners Association Home Business