Fort Lauderdale, FL

This page is designed only to give you some help with understanding the regulations you should comply with. We do not pretend the informations provided here are exhaustive and actual. It is you duty to know and abide by the law.

We highly recommend you to have a look to Article X (Vacation rental) in Fort Lauderdale Code of Ordinances Chapter 15, added by Ordinance C-15-29.

 

Taxes

Rentals for less than 6 months are subjected to different taxes, including:

  • Florida Sales Tax (6% of the rent): to be paid to the Florida Department of Revenue.
  • Broward County Tourist Development Tax (6% of the rent): since Feb. 1st, 2018, misterb&b agreed with the Broward County to collect the TDT from the Guests and remit it to the County Tax Section, on behalf of the Hosts. Please note that under this agreement, we do not have to disclose your personal information to the Broward County when we remit the proceeds of the tax.

 

Registration of vacation rentals

Local laws define vacations rentals as any accommodation that is rented to Transient Occupants more than 3 times in calendar year for periods of less than 30 days, or which is advertised to the public as a place regularly rented to Transient Occupants, but that is not a timeshare project.

  • If your accommodation fits this definition, it needs to be registered as a Vacation Rental: all the registration steps are described here.
  • Both a Vacation Rental Registration Application and Business Tax Application needs to be completed.
  • Supporting documents (listed here) must be provided including : Broward County for Tourist Development Tax certificate (click here), Broward County Business Tax Receipt (click here), Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation license as a transient public lodging establishment (click here), Florida Department of Revenue certificate of registration for purposes of collecting and remitting sales and transient rental tax (click here).
  • Your accommodation will go through inspection by the City.

 

Maintaining compliance

Subsection 15-278 and Subsection 15-275 of Fort Lauderdale Code of Ordinances set standards for vacation rentals and obligations for the Hosts. See this official checklist to make sure your rental is compliant.

  • Occupancy standards: 2 persons maximum by sleeping room.
  • Minimum life requirements: accommodations must be equipped with swimming pool safety, smoke and CO detectors, fire extinguishers.
  • Records: Hosts must keep a register of the Guests that stayed in their accommodations.
  • Information: Hosts must post minimum informations within their accommodation (as set by sec. 15-278) and provide the Guests with a copy of City ordinances regarding noise, vehicle parking, garbage and common area.

Updated Jan. 2018