Found a SFR deal in Osceola County, Florida. However, the house has been rezoned into a commercial zone. I was planning on buying all cash, so don't need to deal with the bank. If purchased, can it still be used as a rental?
How do I look into county zoning laws? I've spent a good amount of time already but the county websites are so ambiguous. Thanks!
You should always contact the local zoning official to ask if it can still be used. But, with that said, as long as it has not been used for commercial purposes yet or has stopped being used as a single family home, you should be allowed to continue the use as a single family home. Say you decide you want to turn it into a real estate brokerage office and put a sign out front- well once you do that you will not be allowed to go back and turn it back into a house. Just continue the use and you should be fine.
Dustin - The short answer is yes, however if the adjacent/surrounding parcels are also classified as commercial, the property could be surrounded by commercial type uses soon. I'm guessing the SFR you found is probably on a larger lot (1 acre or more) in a rural area, but growth and development is near by?
There are several types of commercial classifications and it should be one of the ones listed in the below table. From there you can wade through Chapter 3 to find details of each type.
Here is a link to the entire Chapter 3 of the LDC:
The County also has a very good GIS interactive map that once you learn how to use it, it provides a ton of information.
Let me know if you have more questions or need help.
@Christopher Lombardi Thanks for the response Christopher; you were right! I did just that and contacted the local zoning office and they said the same thing. It's now zoned as commercial/business highway but since it's still occupied as residential, it can still remain that way or as residential rental.
@Jason Good Thanks for the response and wealth of knowledge Jason! Never knew or considered looking into the LDC but I definitely will now going forward! Yes it's in about a half acre lot and nearby development.