We own a rental property in a beach community in SE Florida. Our residential area has zoning laws which only permit renters to come in every 28 days. We would like to rent out-of-season to get some much needed additional income; therefore, we would like to offer rentals for shorter periods of time, blocking out the remaining 28 days so that no one is able to rent for that 28 day period thus keeping to the law which prohibits more than one rental per 28 days. Example: We must rent or home for 28 days. Someone wants 2 weeks. We block out 28 days and don't rent it to anyone else. Then we rent it to the guests for 2 weeks. However, neighbors (residential area, remember) get angry and report it to the zoning commission in our city. We don't have people coming and going -- we simply have someone there for 2 weeks with a reduced price and a contract that must read the entire 28 day period. This is a gray area for us because it's our decision what to charge but zoning says 28 days so we cannot charge the same as we would for those 28 days. Any ideas? If we make the contract (at a much reduced rate) for the 28 days and the renters are aware of their time period and decide to stay for that period of 28 days, what do we do? This could result in a negative review and also some problems as nosey neighbors begin to question their shorter stay. (And, oh year, we definitely have some neighbors who watch carefully!) We are at a loss about what we can do. In season, it's no problem. 28 days rentals go quickly. It's the off-season that we need rented. Any ideas, especially for people who have the same issues or lawyers who have come across this relatively gray area?! It's really a big problem since we are only breaking even or getting just a bit more during season, which is short in Florida-- Jan-April. I would appreciate comments that may circumvent the issue but also stays within the concept of the residential owners' needs and desires. Thanks!
This is a very difficult situation. More and more cities are requiring a 30 day minimum rental.
First of all, it is rather difficult to find tenants who can go on vacation for such a length of time. Typical vacation rental is one or two weeks for most families. Some towns have stated that they do not care how long travelers stay as long as they have a month lease in place. So how can you be sure guests will leave when they are supposed to. Perhaps using the key locks which are programmed to work only during the dates they are paid to stay at the house.
If you have nosey neighbors, you will definitely have issues.