Earlier this year, Houston was named as one of the top 10 cities for small business. With more people starting home-based businesses, and even telecommuting, I thought it might be a good idea to explore deed restrictions and Homeowners’ Association enforcement with regard to home business.
If you are thinking of starting a home business or have an existing one, take the time to review your HOA documents with regard to commercial activity. The last thing you want is a fight with the HOA that could interrupt your income.
The purpose and intent of such restrictions were originally meant maintain the character of the community. The goal of the deed restrictions were to prevent issues with excessive traffic, parking and visiting customers. This was a long time before the internet when people were likely to run craft and repair type businesses from home. With the advances in technology and the rising popularity of online businesses, deed restrictions may seem a little outdated.
If you work from home or run an online business, you might feel your operation is harmless. However, your neighborhood’s deed restrictions may prohibit all commercial activity, not just those that could be disruptive. Now may be a good time to raise the issue with your HOA’s board to make sure you are not in violation or to work on updating the declarations.
If you are thinking about buying a home and need to make sure your business activity won’t be impeded by deed restrictions, give me a call and I will help you sort out the details. I can assist with your home search in the Clear Lake City, League City, Friendswood, Pearland, Seabrook, Kemah, Dickinson or Houston area.