Volusia County votes 5-2 to keep short-term rental ban in place

VOLUSIA COUNTY, FL – After a five-month battle, pitting neighbors against each other in many neighborhoods in Volusia County, it was a vote on Tuesday to uphold the county’s ordinance against short-term rental properties.

The Volusia Vacation Rental Home Alliance, which was fighting to change the short-term ordinance to allow these properties, said there were owners of more than 1,600 properties that the move would affect.

These owners must now follow the rule or face the enforcement of the county code that suppresses them.

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The County Council vote was five to two in favor of keeping it as it is.

Those in the crowd against the change said they wanted their residential neighborhoods to stay that way and they didn’t want the risk of parties, garbage and parking issues.

People are not allowed to rent their property for less than 30 days in unincorporated areas of Volusia, such as Bethune Beach, Ormond-by-the-Sea, and areas along the St. Johns River.

However, the rule was not strictly enforced for years, so people kept buying and investing in rental properties anyway.

At the end of 2020, the county began cracking down on homeowners. They argued today that they still pay tourist taxes to the county, although this is illegal.

They asked to change the ordinance so that restrictions can be added to eliminate any harmful rentals and not ban everyone.

The Volusia Vacation Rental Home Alliance and its supporters said after the vote they planned to take legal action against the county over the decision.

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