Can you live in a commercial property?

Can Someone Live in a Commercial Property?

Living in a commercial property is possible under certain conditions, but it largely depends on the local zoning laws, building codes, and the specific type of commercial property. Some commercial spaces are designed to be mixed-use, meaning they are intended for both commercial and residential purposes, such as a building with retail spaces on the ground floor and apartments above.

However, converting a purely commercial space into a living area typically requires approval from local zoning or planning authorities. You may need to apply for a change of use, ensure the space meets residential building codes (which can differ significantly from commercial codes), and possibly make substantial modifications to make the space habitable according to residential standards (e.g., installing a full kitchen, bathroom, proper ventilation, and meeting safety requirements).

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