“This extremely unique and rare scenario poses the question: [Does] filming and uploading YouTube videos from your home constitute the home as a business?” he said. “Does it matter how many views I have or how much income I make from it? Because to be honest, I do the same thing millions of other Americans do.”
Chandler, who did not respond immediately to a request for comment, accused a disgruntled neighbor of reporting him to the county.
Dana Johnson, Cobb’s head of Community Development, confirmed that a “notice of violation” was issued to the property owners on two counts: too many unrelated individuals living in a home (county code allows a maximum of two), and running a business out of a home without a business license.
“All businesses are required to obtain a business license for their activities in Cobb County, regardless if you are in a commercial area or a home based business,” Johnson wrote. “ ... There are specific rules for running a business out of your home, which differs from those in a commercial area, to ensure that the residential integrity of neighborhoods are not compromised.”
Johnson said the tenants of the home, presumably Chandler and his roommates, filed for a business license and a land use permit on Wednesday.
The question of online home businesses has come up before. Last month, the county issued a license for a two individuals who ran a craft business from home on the condition they have no employees, no signs, no pickups and no deliveries.