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I have reason to use rented commercial property as a dual residence

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I have reason to use rented commercial property as a dual residence and work environment; is this legally possible under property/residence laws in South Africa?
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As long as the lease agreement, the building plans and the zoning provisions relating to the property permits residential use as well, nothing prohibits you from residing on a commercial property, provided it is safe for you to do so. You should also bear in mind that when you reside on a commercial property you will not have the protection of the bylaws relating to a residential property. You won't be able to complain about noisy neighbours and that kind of thing.

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