Yes, vacation rentals are still banned in Florida. For how long? Until Phase 2 and Phase 3, Governor Ron DeSantis has banned all vacation rental activity to tourists (with some exceptions). The Florida vacation rental marketplace, which has been devastated by COVID-19, has been shut down by a State Executive Order.
Phase 1 effectively bans vacation rentals in Florida. Only traveling medical professionals, first responders, emergency, governmental, healthcare, military, non-vacation commercial activities, displaced families unable to reside in their home, and people needing to quarantine away from their family can book. Please note, it is important to document the reason for travel of your guests (must have proof of their employment, etc.) or risk stiff penalties. You cannot book to in-state tourists at this time.
Vacation rentals will slowly reopen. There are no dates at this time. Here is when you can book a vacation rental in Florida with the COVID-19 restrictions:
- Phase 1 - only travelers engaged in a non- vacation commercial activities (like business people, working as a service supplier, patients families, journalists, airline crews). A displaced families, displaced residents or visitors who are unable to reside in their home. People who needs to quarantine away from their family. Persons performing military, emergency, governmental, healthcare, first respondents
- Phase 2 - In-state travelers can book vacation rentals (only Florida residents)
- Phase 3 - Reservations are welcome from out of state, although tourists from "hot spots" should self-quarantine
Many vacation rental owners and property managers are losing significant booking income and are making their voices heard to the state. Health is a main concern, but the Florida tourist economy has come to a halt due to restrictions on vacation rentals.
You can face still penalties if found in violation of the vacation rental ban in Florida including, but not limited to:
- Criminal penalty and misdeamenor charges
- Loss of DBPR license to operate as a vacation rental
- Fines and penalties
Governor Ron DeSantis issued his first order, Executive Order 20-51, banning vacation rentals for 14 days. After this, Ron DeSantis extended the Executive Order:
- Extended this order on the 10th of April until April 30, 2020
- Extended the order again, this time until May 4
- Most recently, the vacation rental ban was extended, indefinitely
Florida vacation rental owners and Airbnb hosts can take advantage of:
- Small business programs such as the PPP program and other loan programs
- Airbnb Superhost Relief Fund
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