GOV. DESANTIS: “Counties have to submit a safety plan for reopening short-term rentals”

On Friday morning, Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference in Jacksonville where he briefly mentioned short-term rentals across the state. This was the first time the topic was mentioned.

In his brief comment, he said that the reopening of short-term rentals across the state would be on a case-by-case basis and that counties wanting to reopen would need to submit a safety plan on how they would move forward.

According to Gil Osterloh, the safety plan would need to be “inline with the current prohibitions of renting to people from major outbreak states.”

The governor gave no direction on how counties should proceed forward with this plan, not any indication of what should be included and how long the approval process would take.

“Your Elected officials, staff, TDC and county attorney are making plans to address the recent announcement from Gov. DeSantis regarding the news of reopening short-term rentals with a safety plan,” said Public information Officer Chris Saul. “We are working feverishly to get this prepared for next Tuesday’s commissioner’s meeting.”

Vacation rentals have tentatively been outlined for the Phase Two plan. Vacation rentals should consider the following:

  • Vacation rentals should open and operate for in-state reservations only (i.e. only Florida residents).
  • Prohibit rentals to persons traveling internationally or from a state or locality with a substantial community spread of COVID-19.
  • Maintain 72 hours between guest check-ins to allow for effective cleaning and disinfecting of the rental unit.
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect the property between rentals and post signage in all units detailing cleaning and sanitation procedures.

This story is developing.

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