Forum Home» Citizens Advice Bureau» Old Threads

Housing association refused my application to run a business from home??

New Post Advanced Search

Housing association refused my application to run a business from home??

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Threads
15 replies 37K views
blackwidow22blackwidow22 Forumite
2 posts
edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Threads
Hi

i want to run my own Cake Business from home and have the space to do so but after asking the Housing association if i could to this, it was a flat no!
they said please read your tenancy agreement as it states no business's to be run from the property..and that was that!
i am so upset as i have always dreamed of having my own business and it is not like my little venture would interfere with anyone one at all, especially my neighbours.
how and where can i now run my little venture, i certainly can not afford a shop and my business would only be a tiny one,no staff just me....
is there anyway i can get round this issue with the housing association?
«1

Replies

  • Fire_FoxFire_Fox Forumite
    26K posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper Combo Breaker
    ✭✭✭✭✭
    Unfortunately not, you would need to move into private rented accommodation with a landlord that permits you to run a business. Your business could interfere with others as you would need to receive supplies and make deliveries, have meetings with customers and inspectors on site, you could need to take on staff down the line, all this increases traffic. Also it has to be the same rules for everyone.
    Declutterbug-in-progress.⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️
  • cr1msoncr1mson Forumite
    834 posts
    Also what would happen with regard to any amendments that need to be made to the property in particular the kitchen for you to legally be able to sell food products? Having had a friend who set up a cookery business from home I know how (quite rightly) onerous they can be.
  • Norman_CastleNorman_Castle Forumite
    9.7K posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper
    ✭✭✭✭
    If your business is inconspicuous its unlikely they will know. I expect the rule exists to prevent homes being turned into mini factories and to avoid properties intended as housing being misused.
    We always hang in a buffalo stance.
  • Hmm71Hmm71 Forumite
    479 posts
    It might be unlikely the HA will know but the neighbours will and the OP runs the risk of some spiteful neighbour with a grudge informing the HA, if they do go ahead and start the business.
  • Tbh, it seems fairly standard practice not to allow a business being run from home.
    "An arrogant and self-righteous Guardian reading [email protected]".

    !!!!!! is all that about?
  • vivatifosivivatifosi Forumite
    18.7K posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Mortgage-free Glee! PPI Party Pooper
    ✭✭✭✭✭
    Fire_Fox wrote: »
    Unfortunately not, you would need to move into private rented accommodation with a landlord that permits you to run a business. Your business could interfere with others as you would need to receive supplies and make deliveries, have meetings with customers and inspectors on site, you could need to take on staff down the line, all this increases traffic. Also it has to be the same rules for everyone.

    I'd add to this that you will need to stipulate the type of business. For example, many properties have restrictive covenants that restrict the running of business from home except for certain categories. The allowed categories tend to be administrative - so for example there would be no additional traffic, noise or smells from the property. In the event that a landlord allows you to do this, he/she may not be aware of the covenants so there is still a chance that the resident's company would clamp down, so there are a lot of bases to cover in terms of working from home.

    It may still be worth reading the lease where you are. It may give you the scope to do all of the admin work relating to your company from home, even if you have to go elsewhere for the baking.
    Please stay safe in the sun and learn the A-E of melanoma: A = asymmetry, B = irregular borders, C= different colours, D= diameter, larger than 6mm, E = evolving, is your mole changing? Most moles are not cancerous, any doubts, please check next time you visit your GP.
  • Fire_FoxFire_Fox Forumite
    26K posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper Combo Breaker
    ✭✭✭✭✭
    Also running a cooking business would entail changes to the buildings insurance, there has to be an increased fire risk.
    Declutterbug-in-progress.⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️
  • WywthWywth Forumite
    5.1K posts
    Hi

    i want to run my own Cake Business from home and have the space to do so but after asking the Housing association if i could to this, it was a flat no!
    they said please read your tenancy agreement as it states no business's to be run from the property..and that was that!
    i am so upset as i have always dreamed of having my own business and it is not like my little venture would interfere with anyone one at all, especially my neighbours.
    how and where can i now run my little venture, i certainly can not afford a shop and my business would only be a tiny one,no staff just me....
    is there anyway i can get round this issue with the housing association?

    Find a suitable business premises to run your new business from :)

    Good luck in your new business venture!
  • CAB_National_RepresentativeCAB_National_Representative Organisation Representatives - Private Messages may not be monitored
    220 posts
    Hi

    i want to run my own Cake Business from home and have the space to do so but after asking the Housing association if i could to this, it was a flat no!
    they said please read your tenancy agreement as it states no business's to be run from the property..and that was that!
    i am so upset as i have always dreamed of having my own business and it is not like my little venture would interfere with anyone one at all, especially my neighbours.
    how and where can i now run my little venture, i certainly can not afford a shop and my business would only be a tiny one,no staff just me....
    is there anyway i can get round this issue with the housing association?

    Hi blackwidow22 - unfortunately we're not covering questions on running a business from home. We'd suggest contacting your local bureau for help in the areas that they can cover.

    There's also the Federation of Small Businesses - and they run a helpline as well as having a website with all sorts of information and resources.

    You may also be interested in this Government Home Business Guide (produced by the Dept for Business, Innovation & Skills).
    Official CAB Representative
    I am an official representative of CAB. MSE has given permission for me to post in response to questions on the CAB Board. You can see my name on the companies with permission to post list. If you believe I’ve broken any rules please report my post to [email protected] as usual"
  • edited 19 November 2012 at 3:12PM
    maninthestreetmaninthestreet Forumite
    16.1K posts
    Part of the Furniture
    ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited 19 November 2012 at 3:12PM
    This goes to show you can't make your cake and sell it.....
    "You were only supposed to blow the bl**dy doors off!!"
This discussion has been closed.

Quick links

Essential Money | Who & Where are you? | Work & Benefits | Household and travel | Shopping & Freebies | About MSE | The MoneySavers Arms | Covid-19 & Coronavirus Support