Orlando approves Airbnb, short-term rental rules

Commissioners vote to amend city code to allow rentals

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando city commissioners voted Monday on new rules to allow short-term rentals, like Airbnb, in all residential neighborhoods. 

Commissioners voted 6-1 in favor of allowing short-term rentals for vacation homes that go through companies such as Airbnb.

"We applaud Mayor Dyer and the City Council for recognizing the important contributions of the Orlando Airbnb home sharing community. These smart, thoughtful regulations will allow Orlando residents across the entire city to share their homes for supplemental income and welcome more visitors to the City Beautiful," Airbnb said in a statement.

Under the proposal, the homeowner would have to stay with the guests and could only have one booking at a time. 

Other stipulations dictate that no more than four unrelated persons can stay in the home or no more than two people per room; and that the host provide two forms of proof that they live in the home when applying for the program.

Those interested would also have to apply and pay a registration fee. 

The ordinance goes into effect July 1. 





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