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Question added to topic Legal Basics For StartupsJanuary 7, 2011

Do I need an actual address for my business?

Our homeowners' association doesn't allow for home businesses. We do not want to rent another location, what are our options?
Depending on the rules of your local county clerk, UPS stores can suffice as a place to receive mail, provided they'll accept service of process on your behalf (that includes official notices from government agencies and court papers/lawsuits).

Other options include executive centers or virtual office arrangements, where you can establish a corporate identity without needing to physically rent space in the premises. However, you'll want to look carefully at the “no home business” restrictions of your homeowners’ association (HOA).

Generally, the concern about home businesses is one of safety and liability. There would be a lot of people coming in and out of the premises who aren't residents, haven't been vetted and increase the probability of risk and accident.

Will this be a factor in your business? Even if not, you are bound by the HOA rules. To be on the safe side, you may want to speak to an attorney to get clear guidance on whether you can have a home business altogether and, if so, what kind.

Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. is an award-winning New York City attorney, edutainer and author. Under her Ask The Business Lawyer brand, she reaches thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners with her legal services, professional speaking, information products, and LexAppeal weekly ezine. She also writes the Making It Legal blog.

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