July 25, 2017

Fort Lauderdale lowers vacation rental fees



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Fort Lauderdale is making it a little easier for vacation rental owners to register with the city by taking a big chunk out of the registration fee.

When the city implemented new regulations for vacation rentals in 2015, it set the fee at $750 and annual renewal at $500. On Wednesday, commissioners reduced the initial fee to $350 and renewal to $160.

In addition, owner-occupied vacation rentals get an even bigger break, having to pay $80 for a renewal.

City officials said with more than a year of experience handling the registrations, staff has been able to streamline the process and reduce the time and cost to handle them. The new rules also allow the city to waive a required onsite renewal inspection for owner-occupied rentals and replace it with the property owner providing an affidavit of compliance with city regulations.

Commissioner Dean Trantalis was concerned about removing the previously required on-site inspections and feared it would lead to vacation rentals continuing to disturb neighborhoods.

“I’m getting complaints every single week from people who live in our communities,” Trantalis said. “We’re not respecting the neighborhoods, their integrity, the quality of life.”But Mayor Jack Seiler said properties rented with the owners living on the premises […]

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