Rentals on Florida’s Space Coast active in spite of ban

US: Though the state of Florida has currently implemented a ban on short-term rentals, many properties in Brevard counties are still available to rent.

According to Florida Today, at least 300 rentals are still available on Airbnb’s site along the state’s Space Coast.

Florida’s vacation rental community has been in turmoil since governor Ron DeSantis introduced a ban as part of his coronavirus safety scheme. Industry members were quick to note, however, that hotels and resorts were allowed to remain open during the crisis.

The city of West Melbourne, one of the cities with the highest numbers of rentals, have received numerous complaints about the properties. Police have not intervened, instead choosing to educate owners about the executive order.

The penalty for violating the executive orders can be up to 60 days in Jail.

Airbnb in a statement noted its commitment to state compliance. They said in an email: “Airbnb has worked with local governments in real time to both address these orders and ensure short-term and longer-term rentals are an available resource for frontline responders and those sheltering in place during this crisis.”

The industry has responded to the decision for a ban, first by starting a petition, and following that up with a lawsuit against DeSantis. Many seek clarity and equivalence over the various measures.

The Florida Vacation Rental Management Association said in a statement: “It is our hope that Governor Ron DeSantis will re-examine the ban on short term vacation rentals and implement in its place an effective plan that both protects our communities and allows reasonable utilisation of short-term rentals in Florida.”

Currently, many local authorities are deferring any judgements to state powers, due to the executive order coming from the Governor’s office. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation has been receiving most of these additional requests.