Vacation rental cleaning standards and guidelines have changed since the COVID-19 pandemic. Vacation rental managers, hosts, and property owners need to team up with their Florida cleaning vendors to provide the a clean and safe environment for guests. Florida has taken a strict approach to opening up vacation rentals county by county since COVID-19 impacted the travel industry. This post will cover Florida vacation rental cleaning standards and guidelines. The below cleaning guidelines apply to the counties that have been given approval to resume vacation rental operations.
- Property owners and managers shall adhere to all Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) sanitation guidelines that are already in place as addressed under6lC-3.001 Sanitation and Safety Requirements of the transient lodging statutes
- Property owners and managers shall adopt the CDC related guidelines that are for public spaces, businesses, schools and homes. These re-open guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting expand upon what the State of Florida & DBPR already have in place for safety and sanitation for all lodging. This can be an extra safety measure for protection against the spread of COVID-19. Our short term rental owners and managers are already utilizing such measures and even more stringent cleaning protocols adopted by the industry
- Property owners and managers shall provide COVID-19 guidance of local restrictions that are in place during the guest stay including closures, curfews, and other related local information. The County will post online where this updated local information can be accessible to lodging operators and guests
- Property owners and managers shall supply employees and contractors with CDC related safety guidance while operating the short term rental units to alleviate the transmission of the virus and provide further protection for employees and guests
- Property owners and managers shall supply guests with CDC guidance for guests traveling with pets and service/assistance animals
- Property owners and managers shall also share CDC resources to any guest while staying in their units. These resources are available in multiple languages at the CDC website
- All vacation rentals shall follow the SAFEHOME Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professional (VRHP) and Vacation Rental Management Association (VRMA) Cleaning Guidelines for COVID-19 which can be found here.
- Only licensed vacation rentals within a community zoned for vacation rental homes may operate under this reopening plan
- Existing guests currently in homes may continue to extend their stay
- Any person coming from a highly-infected area, as defined per the Governor's guidelines, must reserve a minimum stay of 14 nights and follow CDC self-quarantine guidelines
- Vacation rentals may not be used for events or group gatherings that exceed maximum occupancy. Only Guests whose names are on the reservation are authorized to stay in the home. Any Guest having events or group gatherings in the home or exceeding the numbers of authorized Guests will be immediately evicted without refund.
Navigating these challenging waters is tough. No one prepared for this crisis and everyone in the short-term community is working hard and diligently to provide guests with a safe experience. Now more than ever, you need to ensure you are in compliance with COVID-19 standards and guidelines. In addition, hosts and property managers need to check their compliance with:
- Vacation Rental Insurance
- Local Business Tax Receipts
- Tourist Development Taxes
- Lodging License Renewal
- Bonded and Insured Cleaning Crew
- Pool and Fire Safety
- Home is free of bed bugs and other critters
- Cleaning and maintenance standards
- Federal Income Tax
- Required Signs Posted Throughout Home
- Updated house rules and welcome guide
Many of these items are required by state or local law, but some of these items are necessary for a smoothly operating vacation rental. If you have a compliance related question and need assistance, you can reach us by email.