This is a bit of an odd question I think but you are all quite good with odd Also, I wasn’t sure what category to put it in so please would one of the team move it if necessary?
My partner has a (very) small house in the middle of the local town. He uses it as a combined office/bolthole. Backing onto it is an even smaller property on the street which was rented by a local coiffeur, who has now given up his business and his landlord (who doesn’t live locally and wants to get rid of the property) has asked if we would like to buy it.
There are 2 reasons we are considering this. The business that we once had and hoped to continue in a different form is no longer viable so my partner (being younger than me) is considering what to do in terms of work. The second reason is that, even if we let it to a local business, we would have some say in what it was used for and, as it affects the house, that would be good. (We have had experience in the UK of acquiring business neighbours who were rock band producers and recorded in the middle of the night)
So I have several questions and there may be more. Does anyone have any general comments about the situation? Even if it looked viable financially, we couldn’t take up hairdressing so are there usually any change-of-use regulations? Partner is currently a micro/auto entrepreneur for his previous occupation but is intending closing that - can he switch it? Talking to people generally, the feeling is that it is the perfect spot, next to an historic bridge, for something selling tourist stuff (It is a popular tourist venue)
If you think we’re mad, feel free to say but then I don’t think I need to tell you that…