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I own a home in Chicago. It is a converted factory on a

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I own a home in Chicago. It is a converted factory on a double lot so it doesn't have the look of a standard home, but I live here full time. I started renting the home for special events 2-3x a month and some commercial shoots. I also started a website to get more exposure to location scouts etc. recently someone from the city stopped by and issued me an ordinance violation for operating an event venue without a business license. He didn't seem to understand that I live here full time. Now as I look into the matter there doesn't seem to be any license that applies to this situation and I just want to know if there are any clearly defined laws that say I can or can't rent my home on a day to day basis with no overnight guests.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 1 year ago.

Hello,

Thank you for using Just Answer. I want to provide you the best service I can. Please feel free to ask any follow up questions you have.

I am an attorney with 30 years of experience; I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

This is a bad news/good news situation. Yes, Chicago does require a license for you to operate a business from your home. It requires a license for every business activity that occurs in the city.

The good news is that the license applicable to your activity is relatively inexpensive. It is $250.00 every two years.

See this link:

http://www.cityofchicago.org/dam/city/depts/bacp/businesslicenseforms/businesslicenseforms/homeoccupationfactsheetV111011.pdf

Here is the Statute that requires the license.

http://www.cityofchicago.org/dam/city/depts/bacp/ordinances/GeneralLicensingProvisions.pdf

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks Gerald,While this license seems like a close fit, I don't think it applies to my situation because during rental periods there are often far more people on the premises than that particular license permits.The specific situation may be a family's private bday party on a Saturday with 50 guests. Nothing is sold on premises and the event is entirely private. They just basically rent a larger house than their own purposes on a single day basis. Is there anything that applies more specifically to this?
Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 1 year ago.

Hello:

The code that I referenced you is the code the city uses for any business conducted from a home.

Did the citation you received reference a code provision different than the one I referenced?

If so I woulld be happy to research that for you. Otherwise, I am not aware ofany other code.

Alternatively, I will be happy to opt out so that your question can repost so another expert may respond at no additional charge to you. If you would like me to repost your question please let me know. I want to make sure you have every opportunity to get a response that is useful to you.

Kind regards,

Gerald

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No. That is ok thanks. I have a few lawyers bouncing this around. I have just been looking to get as much input as possible. At the moment nothing seems to be cut and dry.
Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 1 year ago.

My bet is that the city official is relying on the sections that I referenced. I don't think they are too sophisticated in their enforcement.

I'm sorry I can not be more help to you.

If you feel that my assistance was not of help to you there is no need to rate me. While I do not get credit for no rating, I ask only that you do not provide a negative rating, which effects my standing.

If on the otherhand you feel that my services provided some value to you, a positive rating is always appresciated.

Good luck.

Kind regards,

Gerald