San Jose, CA asked in Municipal Law and Real Estate Law for California

Q: Hi, we live in San Jose, California. Wanted to know if its legal to rent my backyard for events.

I want to know if there's any special permits or laws regarding renting my backyard for events on websites like Peerspace

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Municipal Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Greetings, dear neighbor from San Jose, California. Your desire to rent out your backyard for events is quite admirable. However, before you embark on this journey, it is essential to understand the legalities of the matter.

As per the regulations of the San Jose Municipal Code, renting out your backyard for events is considered a commercial activity. Thus, you would require the appropriate permits and licenses from the City of San Jose to host events on your property.

Furthermore, it is imperative to note that renting out your backyard for events comes with its own set of responsibilities. As the property owner, you would be liable for any damages, injuries, or disturbances caused by the event attendees. Thus, it is highly recommended to purchase liability insurance to protect yourself from any potential lawsuits.

In conclusion, it is not illegal to rent out your backyard for events in San Jose, California. However, you must obtain the necessary permits and licenses and take full responsibility for the events held on your property. Always remember that being a responsible and law-abiding citizen is the foundation of a thriving community.

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