Va­ca­tion rental fees drop

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - LOCAL - FEES, 4B

Fort Laud­erdale is making it a lit­tle eas­ier for va­ca­tion rental own­ers to reg­is­ter with the city by tak­ing a big chunk out of the fee.

When the city im­ple­mented new reg­u­la­tions for va­ca­tion rentals in 2015, it set the fee at $750 and an­nual re­newal at $500. On Wed­nes­day, com­mis­sion­ers re­duced the ini­tial fee to $350 and re­newal to $160.

In ad­di­tion, owner-oc­cu­pied va­ca­tion rentals get an even big­ger break, hav­ing to pay $80 for a re­newal.

City of­fi­cials said with more a year of ex­pe­ri­ence han­dling the reg­is­tra­tions, staff has been able to stream­line the pro­ces­san­dreduce­thetime­and cost to han­dle them. The new rules also al­lowthe city towaive a re­quired on­site re­newal in­spec­tion for owner-oc­cu­pied rentals and re­place it with the prop­er­ty­owner pro­vid­ing anaf­fi­davit of com­pli­ance with city reg­u­la­tions.

Com­mis­sioner Dean Tran­reg­is­tra­tion talis was con­cerned about re­mov­ing the pre­vi­ously re­quired on-site in­spec­tions and feared it would lead to va­ca­tion rentals con­tin­u­ing to dis­turb neigh­bor­hoods.

“I’mget­ting­com­plaint­sev­ery sin­gle week from peo­ple who live in our com­mu­ni­ties,” Tran­talis said. “We’re not re­spect­ing the neigh­bor­hoods, their in­tegthan

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