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The City of Fort Lauderdale has adopted Ordinance C-15-29 to add Article X - Vacation rental to the Chapter 15 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Fort Lauderdale.
Vacation Rental Application
Vacation rentals are defined by the ordinance as “any unit or group of units in a condominium or cooperative or any individually or collectively owned single-family, two-family, three-family, or four-family house or dwelling unit that is rented to Transient Occupants more than three (3) times in a calendar year for periods of less than thirty (30) days or one (1) calendar month, whichever is less, or which is advertised or held out to the public as a place regularly rented to Transient Occupants, but that is not a timeshare project.”
If your tourist accommodation fits this definition, you have to register your accommodation as a Vacation Rental. This process (described here) requires to complete a Vacation Rental Application and a Business Tax Application with supporting documents, including :
- Broward County for Tourist Development Tax certificate (see here)
- Broward County Business Tax Receipt (see here)
- Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation license as a transient public lodging establishment (see here)
- Florida Department of Revenue certificate of registration for purposes of collecting and remitting sales and transient rental tax (see here)
To terminate the registration, the accommodation will have to go through a property maintenance and life safety inspection.
For more information, visit this Vacation Rental Portal on the official City of Fort Lauderdale website.
Vacation rental standards and Host duties
Subsection 15-278 of the Code of Ordinances of Fort Lauderdale set some standards for vacations rentals : we highly encourage our hosts to refer to it. This section sets maximum occupancy standard (1 person per 150 square feet of living space / 2 per sleeping room), minimum life requirements (swimming pool safety, smoke and CO detectors, fire extinguisher, etc.). It details also the minimum informations that should be posted within the establishment.
Subsection 15-275 set some requirements that must be met by the Host : we highly encourage our Hosts to refer to it. Hosts must keep a register of the Guests and provide them with a copy of City of Fort Lauderdale ordinances regarding noise, vehicle parking, garbage, and common area.
Rentals for less than six months are subjected to different taxes :
- Florida Sales Tax (6% of the rent) : to be paid to the Florida Department of Revenue
- Broward County Tourist Development Tax (5% of the rent) : collected by the Host from the Guest and paid to the Broward County Tourist Development Tax Section.