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.