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Your commercial operations could face zoning complaints

Owning commercial property in Florida can be lucrative for many reasons. Some individuals may invest in the property and lease it to other companies, or the property owners may conduct business operations of their own on that property. Either way, owning such property can have its benefits.

Of course, you could also face some setbacks if complaints come against your property or the operations taking place on the property. In particular, areas often have various zoning regulations and ordinances that can change over time, so before you purchase property or begin your business operations, you certainly want to make sure you understand those codes.

Business vs personal

Though you may believe that you have landed a prime piece of real estate for your commercial enterprise, the nearby residents may not take kindly to your operations. Individuals in residential areas may find many qualms with your commercial property, and if they file complaints regarding zoning issues, your company could face serious legal predicaments because people believe that your business operations interfere with their personal livelihood.

Possible complaints

When it comes to zoning issues and ordinances, nearby residences could take issue with everything from the proximity of your parking lot to their neighborhood to the size and placement of your signage. Unfortunately, having to handle such complaints could cause considerable delays in your business operations. Some common complaints that could affect your business include the following examples:

  • Issues regarding light, odor or noise pollution
  • Concerns over building height and obstruction of views
  • Qualms over the proximity of a parking lot to a residential area
  • Misgivings over the placement of buildings or other structures and the effect on aesthetics or safety
  • Displeasure over the size and placement of business signage, which may make residents feel as if their neighborhood is cluttered with commercial signs

While some of these complaints may seem insignificant, if the nearby residents feel substantially affected or if the issues do not comply with zoning codes, your business could wind up in litigation.

Addressing issues

In some cases, the complaints may not have much to go on, but in others, individuals could band together to file class action lawsuits or otherwise make their grievances known. If your business does face lawsuits regarding any of the aforementioned or other issues, you may find it helpful to thoroughly review your legal options for defending your business and commercial property.

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