Orlando allows vacation home rentals but prohibits rental of an entire residence

The city ended its ban on vacation home rentals but limited the rental portion of a residence to half of the total number of bedrooms

Aug.August 18, 2018 11:00 AM

Orlando home listed on Airbnb as a vacation rental (Credit: Airbnb | International Traveller)

Orlando ended its ban on short-term rentals of residences as vacation homes but still prohibits the rental of an entire home for as long as a month.

A new city ordinance authorizes the rental of residential property for 30 days or fewer but limits the rented portion of a home to half of the total number of bedrooms.

In addition, the host is required to be present on-site during guest stays. Eligible properties are owner-occupied homes only.

Hosts on such home-sharing platforms as Airbnb and HomeAway also are required to register with the city of Orlando. The initial registration fee is $275.

The limit on the rented portion of a home was intended “to reduce the potential impacts … on housing affordability and the inventory of housing stock,” Mike Rhodes, Orlando’s deputy director of economic development, said in a prepared statement.

The city designated an “amnesty registration period” until Oct. 1 for rogue owners who illegally ran vacation rental homes. Owners of about 2,000 properties in Orlando were habitual violators of the previous ban on vacation rentals, according to city estimates.

State law pre-empts local regulation of vacation rentals, unless the local government began regulating them before 2011, as Orlando did. [Florida Politics] Mike Seemuth

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