If you want to operate a home business through a residential rental property you should ensure that you are able to do so under the rental agreement. For example:
- Your contract may specifically prohibit the property being used for other than residential purposes.
- Your rights under the Residential Tenancies Act may be affected if the primary use of the rental property is not residential.
- The return of your bond may be affected if the rental property is damaged in the course of operating your home business.
- It is important to obtain any necessary approvals from Council to ensure that you are not using the property for an illegal purpose.
Operating a home business in public housing
If you are considering operating your home business from a public housing home, you will need approval from the Department of Family and Community Services. Find out more about the Tenancy Policy regulating this area.