When will Florida vacation rental properties reopen?

OSCEOLA COUNTY, FL – Many people who own vacation rental properties in central Florida are hoping the governor will allow them to resume operations.

Right now, hotels welcome guests looking to get away from it all, while vacation rental properties remain closed.

John Newstreet is President and CEO of the Kissimmee / Osceola County Chamber of Commerce and is currently a board member of the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force.

“Vacation rentals are always zero because they are not allowed to open,” he said.

Newstreet, along with several other Osceola County leaders, sent a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis asking him to allow vacation rentals to reopen.

“I would love to see him open up the industry even if it’s done geographically or regionally,” Newstreet said. “Vacation rentals in some communities can cause pain, but here in Central Florida they are our lifeblood. “

It comes as lawsuits continue to make their way through the courts, with property owners demanding that the governor lift the ban on vacation rentals during the pandemic.

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Ronald Gordy does not see the same rush to reopen his Orlando AirBnB. News 6 introduced the Orlando outlet known as Camp Copeland in 2018, when it was named by AirBnB as the # 1 Desired List in Orange County.

“We were full until July 15,” Gordy said. “For me, we’re going to wait and see when its numbers stabilize and that’s when we’re going to reopen, probably in July or August.”

When Gordy reopens the rental, it will not bring in the same income due to the new security measures he is putting in place.

“Not that many (guests) in a month,” he said. “Usually we’d booked 28-30 days, but now we’re going to put three days between stays, that will probably reduce (our income) by 40%.”

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