Belle Isle passes new rental property ordinance

Real Estate Agent with Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. BK627826

The City of Belle Isle, Florida recently passed a new rental licensing ordinance as of 3/3/08.  The actual ordinance can be found online at this link


The new ordinance # is 08-03.  It is not nearly as painful as the one passed by Mount Dora recently, but it is still cumbersome.  Basically what it requires is an annual $50 licensing fee.  The property owner is required to make application with the city and provide information about the lease term, the tenants, contact info, and sign a statement acknowledging certain code requirements and fines to keep in compliance.

The idea is to protect the citizens from slumlords, unruly tenants, vacation rentals, etc.  What the regulations and fees also do is raise the cost and burden of rental housing for landlords and indirectly their tenants.  The people that get hit the hardest are of course the poorest of the population, the tenants.

I found out about this resolution on the afternoon of the hearing (last Monday) and the board of Realtors found out about it on the Wednesday after it passed.  You should have heard some of the comments made in the committee meetings I attended. (One of the Belle Isle city commissioners was a member in the meeting and also a Realtor - lots of verbal tomatoes being thrown by colleagues at this person.)

As you can see, laws like this are happening more and more often in local cities and communities. This makes our jobs as Realtors and investors just that much more work.


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Comments (1)

Mott Marvin Kornicki
Waterway Realtors® • Notary Public & Apostille - Sunny Isles, FL
Miami Notary & Apostille 786-229-7999
New laws and ordinances are a double edge sword. I can see why they are implemented. I can also appreciate how much more of a burden they also can be. I'm sure there will be lot's of squawking going on.
Mar 10, 2008 09:58 AM