Q: Is it legal in California to start your business (LLC) in a rented house?

Hello, our small startup doesn't have the capital to lease an office. Is it legal in California to start your business in a rented house? Our plan is, to hire 2-3 more employees, can we register the company at the address of the rented house?

1 Lawyer Answer
Julie King
Julie King
  • Monterey, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Check your city and county's local ordinances. In many cities and/or counties, you would be required to get a business license that identifies your business as a home-based business. Before such a license will be granted, the city or county may notify all the neighbors around the home, so they have an opportunity to object if they believe the traffic or noise will be a problem. If you are unable to get the business license to work out of your home, you may want to see if there is a local business space to rent on an as-needed basis. Best wishes!

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