City Commission approves short-term rentals

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The Orlando City Commission approved short-term rentals in all residential neighborhoods at the Monday, February 12 City Council meeting.

The vote was 6-1 in favor of amending the Land Development Code governing short-term rentals via companies like Airbnb, granted that homeowners must be onsite while having guests and they can only book one client at a time;  which prohibits any sort of boarding house arrangements that could arise otherwise. Multiple bookings call for an upgrade in zoning, a la bed and breakfasts.

Other hoops put in place include:

  • Two person maximum per room
  • Host must provide proof that they live in the home when applying for guests
  • No more than four non-family members can stay in the home at a time
  • These are accessory uses, which means the entire unit cannot be rented out, only rooms, separate apartments, or garages
  • Owner-occupied duplexes are eligible to rent the entire second unit if of equal or lessor size, and located on the same development site

Prior to this, the City had banned all short-term rentals, which were defined as periods that lasted under 30 days.

The new ordinance will come into effect on July 1, 2018 to allow time for the City to prepare the new online registration platform, enforcement policies, and public education campaigns to ensure compliance.

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