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Rental home complaints multiply in Orange County

Airbnb and similar companies are targets of complaints about tourists in residential areas

June 04, 2016 02:15PM

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Airbnb-listed home in Kissimmee

An Airbnb-listed home in Kissimmee

Orange County home owners are pushing for tougher enforcement of zoning rules as Airbnb and similar hospitality companies pull tourists into residential sections of Greater Orlando. Since September 2015, county code enforcement staff have received 20 complaints about homes improperly used as rentals.

Just 4.1 percent of the Orange County is zoned R-3 for transient rentals, defined as stays of 30 days or fewer. Airbnb told the Orlando Sentinel it had more than 1,000 home listings in such Central Florida cities as Orlando, Kissimmee and Reunion. A similar company called HomeAway has almost 20,000 listings in Central Florida. [Orlando Sentinel] — Mike Seemuth