On March 27, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis put restrictions on vacation rentals by Executive Order 20-87.   The Order prohibits vacation rentals from making any new reservations or bookings during the period ending April 10, 2020.  It also prohibits vacation rentals from accepting new guests for check-in for the period ending April 10.   This affects only the short term rental of houses, condominium, cooperative or dwelling units that are also a transient public lodging establishment.  Hotels, motels, inns, resorts and non-transient public lodging, long term rentals, time shares and rentals to certain types of business renters are exempt and can continue to accept guests.  The order is directed to the owners of the establishment, not the renters.

Pursuant to Section 2 of the Order, parties that violate the order or attempt to violate the order through advertising or other means of solicitation may be charged with a second degree misdemeanor, punishable as provided in Sections 775.082 and 775.083, Florida Statutes.

If you would like assistance in evaluating whether the order applies to you, please call 941.748.0100 or email one of our land use and local government law attorneys: Mark Barnebey at mbarnebey@blalockwalters.com, Scott Rudacille at srudacille@blalockwalters.com, or Marisa Powers at mpowers@blalockwalters.com.

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