Most tenancy agreements will mention whether tenants can run a home business. If the agreement states that the tenant is not permitted to use the property to run a business, but would still like to do so, it is possible to amend the agreement after the tenant asks for permission from the property owner. A separate legal agreement can also be created which outlines the terms of the business. It is important to note that property owners may decide to refuse to provide consent to the tenant.
Property owners may refuse to provide consent to the tenant and there is no requirement for the property owner to reasonably consider any request either. Generally, property owners would not refuse unless there is a legitimate reason.
What should happen if a tenant continues to run a home business without approval?
If a tenant is running a home business without permission from their property owner, the property owner may consider evicting the tenant as they are breaching the tenancy agreement. This is usually last resort, but property owners have the right to start the eviction process in this case since the tenants are not abiding to the agreement. It is recommended that property owners seek legal advice before escalating the situation.
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