1. Property that you own
If you have a mortgage you should inform your mortgage lender.
For a FREEHOLD property:
- You must check if you have any Covenants registered on your deeds/ Land registry registers.
- They could say that you cannot run a business from the Property.
If you have covenants then:
- If the property is old then probably any person or business that could enforce them has disappeared or lost interest.
- If the property is new or recently built then you need to comply with them. The builder who imposed them is probably still around and able to enforce them. Your neighbours will probably be aware of the covenants if they have only purchased recently.
For a LEASEHOLD property – usually flats or maisonettes.
2. If you Rent Privately
- Your Landlord will probably know you are self-employed when you start the tenancy.
- However that does not mean they consent to the use of the property for business.
- They may assume you have business premises.
- They may object to you working from their property.
- All these situations are a question of degree.
If working from home is you and your laptop then you are unlucky if someone complains about you.
If you are manufacturing from your back room and have employees and lots of deliveries then you would be lucky to avoid a complaint.
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