The email, which hit my computer, stated that I provided incorrect information on my website. The author claimed that in my description of one of South Daytona condos I had minimum rental period of 1 month, however, when she called the City of South Daytona, they told her that minimum rental period in the city was 6 months.
Can it be that Declaration of Condominium has 1 months, and the City – 6 months? Theoretically yes. City Code of Ordinances trumps the Declaration of Condominium and if this is the case, then I might be wrong.
So, I am calling the City of South Daytona. I am transferred a couple of times, and finally “the right person” tells me that yes, it is 6 months. He immediately started explaining to me that it is unfair to neighbors when someone rents on weekly basis…
If there is a regulation, then there is a regulation, and one does not need to justify it. So, I asked him if this is written anywhere in the City Code of Ordinances. He said “no”. So I continued by asking what would happen to any owner, who rents for shorter than 6 months period of time. Would there be a fine?
There was not.
The official simply said that “they” (implying the City) wished it were 6 months. This is funny. If the City really wants something, they vote and change it in the Code of Ordinances. Here we had only a wish, but not a regulation.
But if you call them on the phone and ask them whether there is a city-wide minimum rental requirement, they (at least this official) would say “yes" even though there is none.
So no, I did not provide wrong information. That condo restriction of 1 month minimum is correct.
P.S. Actually, if the City adopts a more restrictive rental period, I believe, it should not affect the existing owners, as the State law prohibits changing the rental terms for the owners, which were in possession of dwelling at time of change, so they would only affect those who buy dwellings after the change, or existing owners, who agree to be the new limit in writing. And it is all because the State Law trumps any City law and regulation.
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