How can I lease a commercial zoned building to a person who will use it as residence?What are legal ways?

In Leasing Property - Asked by APU P. - Jul 15, 2010
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Investors Commercial Realty Group LLC ;.
Ambridge, PA

I don't know what state you are in but, you have to 1st find out the exact zoning. Example many times it is "commercial" but, it will ussually have some kind of designation C-1, C-2, R-1, etc. The zoning in PA is done by the local municipallity so, C-1 in one town can allow totally different uses as a C-1 in the next town. Next you need to get a list of permitted and conditional uses from the local zoning officer and see if it is a permitted or conditional use. I don't know if you have gone this far yet. Many times a so called "commercially" zoned area will allow residential uses. The only way to know is get a copy of the permitted uses. Conditional use ussually needs the local municipally approval.
If not you will need to do a nonconforming use application which will take some time money and energy or a zoning change which is very hard to do as "spot zoning" is illegal.
If you find residental use is not a permitted or conditional use. I beleive at that point you will need to talk to an attorney as to best course of action in your state.

Jul 15, 2010
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David C.
Los Angeles, CA

Thank you for your question about renting a commercially zoned property to be used as a residence. I recommend consulting a real estate attorney. The consultation fee for an hour now may give you a lot of piece of mind or save you a lot of money later.

Jul 15, 2010
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Dan T.
Richmond, IN

He or she should know what is permissible regarding your zoning...and next, call your local City Planning Department ---that office should be able to help you with your question.

Jul 26, 2010
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Butch H.
Sarasota, FL

Call the Planning Department and ask them if it is permitted under the zoning law. If not, you can apply for a special exception or a variance.

Jul 27, 2010
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