Vacation rental fees drop
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