Vacation rental regulations a patchwork
Vacation rentals have rolled out the welcome mat in Florida again, but counties are imposing a variety of restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19.
After shuttering vacation-rental properties in late March, Gov. Ron DeSantis on May 18 lifted the ban for counties outside of South Florida, with a caveat: County officials had to submit proposed rental procedures to the state and get the go-ahead before bookings could resume.
As of Monday, state Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Halsey Beshears has signed off on 53 counties’ plans, according to the agency’s website.
The policies are a patchwork of restrictions that can vary from one county to the next.
“It’s been very confusing. It’s also been very discouraging, because most of us have been just happy with our governor and our state and the fact that it’s very small-business friendly,” Gretchen Kornutik, owner of SunCoast Beach Vacations, told The News Service of Florida in a telephone interview Monday.