The issue of short term/vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods has again raised its ugly head. For those who were not here at the time, residents have always been concerned about the negative effect of short term (a week to a month) rentals on established neighborhoods because these renters tend to disrupt the “quiet enjoyment” of the permanent residents around them by throwing parties, littering, creating traffic and parking problems, and other disruptive activities. Furthermore, if more than one house in a neighborhood becomes a vacation rental, it could have a negative effect on property values and the sanctity of the neighborhood itself.
The City of Vero Beach has long enforced a ban on these rentals within city limits. The county also once banned them but decided against the ban on the basis of individual property rights. The reaction from county residents forced the County to reconsider and in 2016, the County Commission again placed restrictions on short term rentals. Read this.
But now the Florida Legislature is seriously considering removing the issue of short term rentals from local control and applying a “one size fits all” approach that would be a gold mine opportunity for state and national rental companies like Airbnb. Read this story from Florida Today.
The basic issue is whether property owners have the right to make income from their residential homes or do their property owning neighbors have the right to quiet enjoyment of their homes. Now the state is weighing the rights of residential property owners versus the free enterprise rights of vacation rentals companies.
Let your feelings be known to your elected officials.