Living in a warehouse

Want to expand business, need a warehouse to facilitate growth, don't have the cash flow yet, I know its illegal to live in a commercial property, but if I were to do it anyways, would anyone actually care?

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  • -1 vote

    no, just move your mailing address elsewhere and transfer 500 to friend every fortnite & ask him cash out back to you

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    if you are the only occupant of the warehouse then no one would really care, just make sure it is not obvious. put away all signs of living there during the day eg instead of a proper bed, use a futon so you can store it away easily during the day.

  • +1 vote

    We used to own a small industrial warehouse and it had a small office on the mezzanine level; I know the tenant we had when we sold it, had a single mattress up in his office. We didn't know until we were in the sale process but we didn't care anyway if he chose to sleep there, he paid his rent and kept the property reasonable.

  • +3 votes

    It would be damned cold in winter though living in a warehouse

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    Defiantly not legal - But check your zoining maps with your local council - some zones permit shop top housing which might be easier to argue when/if you get caught

  • +2 votes

    I've done it. Owner occupied.

    Heck, I still have a full residential set up in there (not visible to street front).

    Unless you're leasing it out, it doesn't matter.

    • +1 vote

      Yeah I've seen a few warehouses with bed mattresses in too….no idea what it'd be like sleeping in a warehouse but I bet it'd be cold as f unless you've fully insulated the warehouse all over, and I guess you'll get some creepy crawlies too…..but if you don't care for either I guess it's good enough…

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        It wasn't a warehouse but it is a commercial building. Insulation isn't the best but I reframed the internal and added more insulation.

        Turned it into a fully functional dwelling with laundry and kitchen too.

        Insects were an issue but I applied bifenthrin externally every 3 months and all lights were LED. There were too few insects to attract spiders.

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          It wasn't a warehouse but it is a commercial building

          What's the difference?

          Yeah I guess having all lights LED tech is the best…aren't there them pest control thingy plugs where it works by sending a sound signal, that is unnoticeable to us unless we put our ear right at the speaker or the environment is extremely quiet, and whenever they hear it they stay away?

          • +1 vote

            @Zachary: A warehouse is likely to be either a big tin shed or a Bunnings type building. They'll have tall ceilings and practically zero insulation. These tend to be in industrial zones.

            A commercial building is more office and shophouse like. They're built more like houses except with minimal load bearing internally to maximise open space. Also, offices tend to have many more windows. These tend to be in commercial zones.

  • +2 votes

    if anyone asks ""where are you living?"
    you say "warehouse".
    theyll be surprised and say "warehouse?"
    and you'll respond with "you just asked me that".

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    A mate had a restaurant in Byron Bay that was struggling. He used to sleep in the passageway outside the toilets. He was at the restaurant 18 hrs a day and couldn't see the point of renting somewhere just to sleep.

    Totally illegal and against health regulations but it was that or go broke.

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      18 hrs workday and still not raking enough dough? Jeez….and I thought 12 hrs day were bad enough….

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        I'm not sure what the deal was. I don't think he was a great businessman. Lets face it, how effective can you be if you do 18hrs in the shop. I doubt you'd look great for the customers.

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          Yeah I would look and feel crappy doing 18 hrs straight up work and no break and sleeping outside like a homeless person with nothing or in a sleeping bag that I bet is probably not comfy…..not to mention someone could just come and pickpocket everything you got and you wouldn't know until you wake up and needed them…..this is why I don't like sleeping outside like a homeless person UNLESS I had absolutely nothing of value, even sentimental value, on my person that way even if I got pickpocketed, the joke would be on them! hahahaha

          Sure I would probably be annoyed if my winter jacket(Even pants too if they really wanted to strip me naked whilst I sleep and not notice a thing) disappeared on from me whilst sleeping and it's winter and the temperature is pretty cold and have no money to buy a replacement….

    • +1 vote

      … and we claim we're all for the "battlers" and small businesses

      Having had businesses overseas and Australia, I gotta say, it is significantly harder to start a small business here.

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    Whoooaaa, we're halfway there,
    WHooooAAa, livin' in a ware (house)

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    but if I were to do it anyways, would anyone actually care?

    Your landlord possibly, considering they have certain legal liabilities including e.g. insurances which might be voided by you living there.

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    A friend who was working on the Census a while back commented on how many people there was living in warehouses and other commercial property. It looked like some of them had been there for a long time. Warehouses are much cheaper to rent than residential property around here.