Allow Florida Short Term Rentals to Reopen

Allow Florida Short Term Rentals to Reopen

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Executive Order Number 20-112 extends a statewide ban on short term vacation rentals indefinitely, causing great economic harm to our communities and to the individuals who own and operate these small businesses.

Hotels and motels in the state have been allowed to operate during the entire COVID-19 lockdown even though they arguably pose a greater risk to the spread of the virus than a single unit short term rental due to spaces where hundreds of people pass through. Individuals needing to visit the state or self-isolate would be far better served staying in a short-term vacation rental as these have fewer, if any, public high contact spaces or surfaces.

The blanket ban on short term vacation rentals in the state of Florida, regardless of where they are geographically located or where the visitor in question is coming from, continues to cause a significant negative economic impact.  This affects property owners, property managers, support staff, and maintenance personnel whose small businesses often make up the backbone of their local communities and provide employment to a large percentage of Florida’s population.

It is our hope that Governor Ron DeSantis will re-examine the ban on short term vacation rentals and implement in its place an effective plan that both protects our communities and allows reasonable utilization of short-term rentals in Florida.