Orlando Vacation HomesFlorida state laws regarding how vacation rentals are handled are relatively simple. You must, as the owner, keep a record of who comes and goes from your unit, when, and what they paid. Other laws are few but must be followed in case of a dispute.

Orlando Vacation Homes: You’ve bought a Florida vacation home in a prime spot! How exciting for you and your family. To pay the mortgage on the house, and help with the utility bills and other expenses, though, you’ll be renting it out when you aren’t using it. If you’ve never had a rental unit in Florida and don’t know the first thing about it, do a little homework for some tips about what you’ll need to know.

It isn’t too complicated if you hire a property management company to handle the property and rental bookings for you. They know what’s needed and will simply ask you for what they need from you. They generally take care of the paperwork required of tenants and will guide you in the setup of your house to prepare for the vacationers that will rent your house.

If you’ve never had a rental unit in Florida and don’t know the first thing about it, do a little homework for some tips about what you’ll need to know.

The Florida law for vacation rentals requires very little information, but you must collect it. The law requires that you keep a register containing the name of the primary renter, the number of guests that will be staying there, the dates of their stay, and what they paid for the rental period.

You can require more information about the renters if you wish, as many of the major property management companies do. They also ask for contact information for the renter’s primary signer on the rental agreement. A home address, a copy of the driver’s license or other official identification, and how they can be reached after they return home are also asked by professional managers. They also require the full names of all that will be staying in the unit. This is a self defense move in case there is theft of items from the house, damage, or uncollectible rental funds. Even if you rent the unit out yourself you can ask for this information from your renters.

  • The Florida law for vacation rentals requires very little information, but you must collect it.
  • A home address, a copy of the driver’s license or other official identification, and how they can be reached after they return home are also asked by professional managers.
  • This is a self defense move in case there is theft of items from the house, damage, or uncollectible rental funds.

You are allowed by Florida law to make any reasonable rules you think might apply to your particular rental house. The rules should be clearly stated in writing and displayed for the guests in English. Rental properties must also, by law, install a second lock on the main door, or final exit door, so that the owner may lock out tenants that don’t pay or in other ways break the rental contract agreement. An official eviction must be given when necessary and can be done either in writing, which is suggested, or orally.

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Charles Valeston is a national and international Vacation Home Specialist and Commercial Realtor. He specializes in the sales of Vacation Homes and the sale and leasing of industrial, retail, multifamily, office and vacant land real estate. He represents sellers, buyers, tenants and landlords.


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Charles Valeston is a national and international Vacation Home Specialist and Commercial Realtor. He specializes in the sales of Vacation Homes and the sale and leasing of industrial, retail, multifamily, office and vacant land real estate. He represents sellers, buyers, tenants and landlords.
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