Hi Paul! Are we allowed to operate and register our own home-based business? This type of business is done online, not having to meet any clients, so there will no visitors in the building.
Dear LF: Thanks for your question. I do not believe there is any reason for you not to conduct an online business from your suite. I will urge you to check your governing documents to determine if they address the matter. Quite often, a declaration or bylaws may contain a provision that prohibits running a business that would create foot traffic. A freelance writer, for instance, would not create a problem while a hairstylist working from their unit might be a concern. Another type of business that could cause concern might be a business that sells products online resulting in numerous couriers accessing your building several times a day/week on an ongoing basis. Strangers accessing your building could cause security and safety concerns.
As you know I am not a lawyer, however, I would suspect that your municipality has bylaws about running a business in a building that is zoned for residential purposes. You would need to contact your local authorities to find out if operating out of your home might affect registration. All the best!