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August 24, 2009 - Sylvia Heldreth
I recently received the following email: "Given the state of the current economy, several of my neighbors in our condominium have started running businesses from their homes. No one has an exceptional number of clients or customers visiting....yet. I have been told that some community associations have a total ban on the business use of units -- that can create a variety of problems, especially in the age of telecommuting. This ban tends to forbid all business use of the units at any time. Should I push for a change in our rules before the problem begins?"

Most business uses do not have a negative effect on community life but some can generate unwanted traffic. County rules usually require a permit to have a business but not everyone knows about or bothers with this if they are in the privacy of their homes. Community associations could have specific rules to address at home businesses but issues of what constitutes a "business" can be tricky to enforce.

Should at home businesses be restricted in community associations?

What do you think?


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