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Lease commercial property and consider necessary zoning permits

Ideally, a business would purchase property in which to conduct business operations. However, it's not always possible to invest so heavily in real estate, especially if a business is just getting started. The next best option is to lease commercial real estate. Depending on the type of business you are looking to operate, you must be in an area zoned for your particular type of business or you must seek out these zoning permits.

The first order of business is determining if the property is zoned for residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural or recreational. The city, county or municipality could regulate, name and enforce the property's classification. There could be further stipulation concerning commercial zoning in the area in which a person is interested in the property. It is important to determine if these exist and will play a factor before signing a lease for commercial property.

There are many things a person can negotiate when signing a commercial property lease. Rent details, property improvements and contingency clauses can often be negotiated between the lessee and the property owner. However, zoning discrepancies aren't always as easy to manipulate. That's why it's important to understand how zoning could impact your Boston business.

Land use and zoning regulations can make all the difference in the properties you target in your quest to secure a lease for a commercial property. That's why it's better to be prepared and equipped with this information early in the process. However, it doesn't mean that obtaining the zoning permit needed would be impossible - just another thing to achieve before opening shop.

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