Did you know your city may require short-term rental permits? Regardless of what your Association's governing documents say, city ordinances control. Short-term rental websites such as Airbnb and VRBO have caused a number of homes to be rented out in whole or in part for short-term stays despite being located in residential zoning districts. In response, Orlando enacted the Home Sharing Ordinance on July 1, 2018. This Ordinance requires that all owners who want to rent out a portion of their property for short-term rentals must apply for a property rental permit. To be eligible for the permit, the owner/resident must abide by the following:
Not rent out more than half of his or her property for no longer than 30 days;
Honor only 1 booking at a time;
The resident/owner must live on site and be present when hosting guests;
Provide proof of registration linked to any online advertising
If the property is located in a community association, the resident/owner must produce a letter from the association that the short-term rental does not conflict with the governing documents; and
Apply for the permit and pay an annual fee to the City.
SB 824, recently filed by Senator Diaz, could make it impossible for cities and local governments to regulate short-term rentals through local ordinances. This proposed bill states that vacation rentals are residential in nature thus may not be regulated. Should this bill become law, it may affect your association's ability to regulate short-term rentals and your right as an association member to have any say how you want your community to be run. Stay tuned for a possible Call to Action Alert on this proposed bill.