Florida Governor Suspends Vacation Rentals For 14 Days

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida – Florida Governor Ron Desantis announced during a press conference on Friday that he is suspending any new vacation rentals in the Sunshine State for fourteen days.

“The concern is, people in some of these hotspots wanting to then come here. Now is not really the time to do that,” DeSantis said.

“If you are in one now, then finish and go home. But for any new rentals, there’s going to be a suspension on that.”

6.1 million people booked vacation rentals in Florida in 2019, according to Airbnb sales data.

The details of the Exetuvie Order follow:

Section 1. Vacation Rentals

I hereby order all parties engaged in rental of vacation rental properties, as defined in section 509.242(1)(c), Florida Statutes, to suspend vacation rental operations. Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in for the duration of this order. This directive shall include the:

A. Rental of any house, condominium, cooperative, or dwelling unit that is also a transient public lodging establishment, as defined under Section 509.013(4)(a), Florida Statutes; and

i. Which is rented for periods of less than 30 days or 1 calendar month, whichever is less; or

ii. Which is advertised or held out to the public as a place regularly rented to guests; or

iii. Which is otherwise regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (“DBPR”) as a vacation rental pursuant to section 509.241, Florida Statutes.

B. This directive shall not include the following:

i. Hotels, motels, inns, resorts, non-transient public lodging establishments, or time share projects; or

ii. Long-term rentals; or

iii. Rental stays where guests are currently staying in a vacation rental or have previously booked a stay and are schedule to check-in no later than March 28, 2020; or

iv. Rentals to persons performing military, emergency, governmental, health or infrastructure response, or travelers engaged in non-vacation commercial activities.