Orlando OKs ordinance to allow some home sharing
Orlando commissioners approved a plan Monday to allow bed-and-breakfast-style rentals in most residential areas as long as the homeowner is living there as well.
Under the ordinance, approved 6-1 with Commissioner Tony Ortiz opposing, homeowners can rent out a room, sofa or mother-in-law suite for stays fewer than 30 days.
“We want to give people who own buildings the right to rent … if they’d like to, and we’d also like to protect neighborhoods,” Commissioner Jim Gray said in the meeting. “I think the best solution we’ve heard is to make the owner be on site.”
The change goes into effect July 1 to allow Orlando time to develop an online platform.
The new rule won’t trump rules in some neighborhood or homeowners associations that ban rentals.
Meanwhile, a bill in the Florida Senate introduced by Clearwater Republican Greg Steube would preempt local governments from regulating short-term rentals, instead placing control in the state’s hands.
Also, another bill was introduced in the House by Rep. Mike La Rosa, R-St. Cloud, and is on the agenda for a Government Accountability Committee hearing on Tuesday.
In Orange County, officials are still studying the issue and plan to have a work session after a determination is made by the Legislature.