Florida Vacation Rental Ban and Travel Updates

Major updates:

  • As of Sept. 10, all bars may reopen to 50% indoor occupancy effective Monday, September 14 while observing appropriate social distancing as outlined in Phase 2 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery.
  • Miami is reopening STRs in condo buildings and hotels (at this point).
    • Vacation rentals located in condominiums or hotel buildings where otherwise permitted, the maximum daytime and overnight occupancy shall be up to a maximum of two persons per bedroom plus two additional persons per rental unit not to exceed a maximum of four persons, unless it is a single family group staying together, in which case not to exceed six persons per rental units.
  • The City of Miami Beach has amended its Emergency Measures, to be in compliance with Miami-Dade County’s Emergency Order (EO) 28-20, as amended.
    • Movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, and indoor amusement facilities and attractions may operate.
    • A daily general curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., which includes the prohibition on pedestrian and vehicular movement, standing and parking.
  • Miami-Dade County has limited vacation rentals to 30 days on new reservations and incorporated occupancy limits on existing rentals:
    • “ a maximum daytime and overnight occupancy for short-term vacation rentals of up to a maximum of two persons per bedroom plus two additional persons per property not to exceed a maximum of ten persons, and to prohibit new rental agreements entered into except on a monthly basis.
  • The Florida Department Of Health (FDOH) advises all residents to wear masks in public and socially distance.

Which counties are open in Florida?

  • So far, 55 counties have been approved by The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations to operate vacation rentals, including:
    • Alachua, Bay, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flager, Franklin, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Jackson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Miami-Dade, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Suwanee, Taylor, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton.

Updated 9/22/2020

As the US begins to reopen following the shelter-in-place orders instituted in mid-March, vacation rental bans and restrictions across major cities have left property owners and guests searching for clear answers. The Florida vacation rental ban has been particularly difficult to navigate for travelers and vacation rental owners alike. 

At TurnKey, our local team of experts has been tracking and updating our calendars in real time to operate around and alongside these restrictions. We created this resource for travelers and homeowners to learn more about this complicated situation.

Here’s everything you need to know about Florida vacation rental bans since COVID-19. 

We will update this page as travel continues to resume and markets reopen. 

Florida Vacation Rental Ban History

On March 27, 2020, Governor DeSantis ordered closures of vacation rentals in Florida in order to limit the spread of the COVID-19. Meanwhile, “hotels, motels, inns, resorts, non-transient public lodging establishments and time share projects” across the state have been allowed to remain open without limitations on capacity or enforced social distancing measures.

Since then, the Governor has lifted the ban for counties outside of South Florida, announcing that individual counties could submit their safety plans to reopen short-term rentals through the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) for approval. As of June 8, Florida has approved the operation of vacation rentals in over 50 counties.

According to The News Service of Florida, nearly all counties are reviewing their safety plans every two weeks, so it remains pertinent to stay updated on county and state vacation rental restrictions in Florida.

We created this resource to help guests and homeowners navigate market restrictions, closings, extensions and openings while the rules around STR operations continue to change across the US.

Are vacation rentals open in Florida?

There are 67 counties in Florida, and the DBPR has approved the vacation rental safety plans for over 54 counties so far. 

On May 15, DeSantis announced that Florida would be transitioning into Phase 1 of Reopening, where “Counties may seek approval to operate vacation rentals by submitting a written request and county vacation rental safety plan to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.” 

According to Florida Politics, all safety plans must discourage renting to travelers from hot spot regions or enforce a two-week quarantine from those visitors, and some counties are restricting visitors based on the COVID-19 case rate per capita. As of June 5th, these restrictions no longer include travelers from Louisiana. 

Before booking your visit, we recommend that you visit the local government site for your destination to see the most current information on travel and vacation rentals.

Please see this resource with updated information on market restrictions, closings, extensions and openings in Florida and other states across the US.

Can I operate my vacation rental in Florida?

The operation of your vacation rental in Florida depends upon where your properties are located and who you plan to allow to visit. 

Counties continue to impose a variety of restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19, including: a 10-person maximum occupancy per vacation rental, 24-hour waits between bookings, and bans on out-of-state visitors. Some counties have all of these restrictions, while some do not have any. Make sure you visit your local and national government sites for the most current and updated information on the area of interest.

If you are a TurnKey homeowner, we have a team of local experts in each of our markets updating booking calendars and ensuring compliance with any STR restrictions in real-time.  

For more information on regulations in specific counties, you can contact the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) or other local agencies directly. 

Are Vacation Rentals Safe?

If you plan to travel in the coming months, vacation rentals can provide private accommodations away from crowded public spaces or gathering areas, like hotel lobbies. This increases your ability to social distance and avoid groups of 10 or more people, which is still viewed as a best practice for mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

Some vacation rentals also offer keyless entry, to avoid in-person interactions when accessing the home. All TurnKey vacation rentals come equipped with keyless locks, offering a zero-contact check-in experience. In addition, unless there is an emergency, our local staff will not visit the home when a guest is present. 

To travel safely you should bring your own groceries and provisions with you, listen to local guidelines like wearing a mask in public and practicing social distancing, take the same precautions that you would at home, and check the cleaning guidelines for where you plan to stay.

TurnKey Vacation Rental Home Cleaning Standards

In response to COVID-19, we have enhanced our cleaning standards in line with CDC guidelines, and to verify the use of products approved by the EPA for use against COVID-19.

In addition, here are some recommendations for traveling safely and responsibly (view the full article here):

  • Plan ahead to avoid unnecessary exposure while running essential errands.
  • Practice social distancing at public areas and shared amenities.
  • Protect yourself and others by bringing face masks, hand sanitizers, cleaning supplies, and other items to follow safety guidelines as closely and stress-free as possible.
  • Respect neighbors and local communities through social distancing and keeping noise at respectful levels, especially at night or early in the morning.
  • Check state and local updates on recommended behavior.
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