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Think You Can Airbnb Or VRBO Your Home With No Consequences?

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty BK 3030920

You may want to think again: there can be consequences if you rent your primary homesteaded residence for periods of time.

How exactly?  Jerry Holland, Duval County Property Appraiser, met with the Beaches Northeast Florida Association of Realtors this morning.  He shared that the office is using all means available (including social media) to confirm possible cases of either homestead abuse or potential homestead fraud.

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In short, if you rent your primary homesteaded property for more than 30 total days in a two year period, you will be ineligible for the Homestead Exemption and the Save Our Homes cap. You read that correctly: if you rent your home for more than 15 days each year for two consecutive years, you will lose your existing homestead exemption.

Failure to report the rental of your home may result in your homestead exemption and the Save Our Homes cap benefit being back taxed by recording a lien on your property.

So, what can you do?  Best bet: if you have used your primary residence as an occasional vacation rental, come clean, and face the music now.

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Carol Zingone is a full service Broker Associate proudly affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty in Atlantic Beach, FL.  I help buyers and sellers locally, regionally, and internationally.  With hundreds of happy buyers and sellers over the course of my career, I'm thrilled to help first time buyers, military buyers, seniors, investors, 1031 exchange properties, short sales and REO's.  I have spent hours honing my expertise, including the designations of: Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), Loss Mitigation Certification (LMC) , Short Sales, Foreclosures, REO's, (SFR), and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES).  I pride myself on providing excellent expertise to all buyers and sellers. Search the MLS via www.carolzingone.com  for Jacksonville and area listings!


Ricky Khamis
EPiQ Lending - Gilbert, AZ
NMLS 173141 | CADOC 173141 - 602-758-7425

Great post! Very insightful and informative. Keep up the awesome work!

Mar 01, 2018 02:39 PM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

I bet his discussion was an eyeopener for a lot of folks.

Mar 01, 2018 03:08 PM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Thanks for sharing, An Idabel OK Broker ~ Judi K Barrett. It's amazing how many people do things (like Airbnb, etc) and are oblivious to potential consequences. This is certainly a biggie. Lack of insurance coverage is another I've heard of.


Mar 26, 2018 04:05 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Hi Carol. Been some time since I have seen your posts. Hope all is well. Used you in a post about referrals and many inquired about you! Enjoy your day!

Apr 03, 2018 08:57 AM
Samson Properties - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Very valuable for home owners who have investment properties. Do what you have to do to avoid getting in trouble.

May 31, 2018 01:08 PM
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Happy Friday Carol!

Jul 20, 2018 08:25 AM
Peter Mohylsky, Destin BeachPro
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

Interesting post here, why have you been so silent lately? Are you still in the business?

Jun 25, 2020 05:03 AM