Renting your home in Orlando on Airbnb? You could be fined if you don’t register – WFTV

ORLANDO, Florida – Two months ago, a new prescription went into effect in the city of Orlando, requiring people to register if they want to rent part of their home on websites, such as Airbnb. So far, the city says less than 1% of estimated homes are registered.

The ordinance went into effect on July 1, but the city is giving homeowners a three-month grace period to comply.

Registration is part of a new ordinance that only allows hosted shares, meaning that a full-time owner or tenant must be present when making a reservation. Janet Lemmen and her husband have such a setup.

After trying an Airbnb, the Lemmen decided to go for a roommate.

“We thought, ‘Wow, that’s a pretty cool concept, and we could totally do it, and we would have a better experience of it,’” she said.

The Lemmen live near Lake Eola in Orlando and have shared their home for about two years. They are now listed as an Airbnb “Superhost”, welcoming vacationers, honeymooners and business people. After two years, they now have tons of stories.

“We have a lady with us here who is trying to improve her English,” said Lemmen.

Although she checked with Airbnb, Lemmen did not register with the City of Orlando.

“Airbnb sent an email, but (the information) was very limited,” she said.

When asked if she had received any information from the city, she replied, “Nothing, no.

Orlando announced on Friday that it had approved 19 entries.

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“So far it’s a little slow,” said Mike Rhodes, assistant director of economic development for Orlando. “We had just under 30 applications.”

This represents less than 2% of the estimated 2,000 dwellings shared within the city limits.

Rhodes said later this week the city will send listing notices to around 400 owners posting on Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO and other websites.

Residents can register online. To do this, they must verify that their home is in a zoned area to allow sharing of the home. They must also provide documents proving that they are the owner of the house or provide a letter from the owner stating that they are authorized to make short term rentals. The city will also verify that only half of the house is rented.

Rhodes said if the owners had all the necessary paperwork, “you could probably get your permit in under 15 minutes. “

Once approved, owners must pay $ 275 in the first year. Owners who stay during the home actions will pay $ 100 each year thereafter. The annual fee is $ 125 if a tenant is in charge of reservations and accommodation.

“I guess it’s not the worst thing in the world,” Lemmen said, but she still has questions about how the money will be used.

The city said after being notified, owners could face fines if they refuse to register but book short-term rentals anyway.

The exact cost is not specified, but there would be hearings and several opportunities to comply with the new ordinance before a homeowner is fined.

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