Florida Task Force Makes Recommendations for Vacation Rentals

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Gov. DeSantis does not have to follow his task force’s recommendations for reopening the state – but if he does, vacation rentals could return in Phase 2 with restrictions, such as renting only to Fla. residents, a 72-hour hiatus between rentals and mandatory sanitation procedur Gov. Ron DeSantis created a task force of business leaders and politicians and directed them to create a guide on how to safely reopen Florida to business and tourism. The task force submitted their report last week, and DeSantis used it, in part, when he announced Phase 1 of three phases to reopen the state.

DeSantis does not have to follow the guidelines created by the task force and, for Phase 1, scaled back some of the recommendations. The task force, for example, suggested that Phase 1 allow restaurants and retail stores to begin operating at 50% capacity. However, DeSantis backed that recommendation down to 25%.

If the governor agrees with the task force recommendations for Phase 2, though, vacation rentals will be allowed to begin limited operations. According to the task force report, that would include:

  • Open but operating for in-state reservations only (i.e. only Florida residents)
  • Rentals to visitors traveling internationally – or from a state or locality with a substantial community spread of COVID-19 – are specifically banned
  • A mandatory 72-hour hiatus between guest check-ins during which time the rental will be effectively cleaned and disinfected.
  • Short-term rental units would be required to have signage in all units detailing the cleaning and sanitation procedures

The task force’s recommendations are posted online. DeSantis calls the plan phased plan a “small, deliberate, methodical” approach to reopening the state, and he’s hoping that it will take weeks rather than months to move on to Phase 2.

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Donald L. Urschalitz, P.A.


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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Donald... nothing is ever as simple as it might look... the rental market is so important in Florida and clearly there's a lot to take into consideration to ensure safety for renters. 

May 04, 2020 08:31 AM #1
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good afternoon Donald Urschalitz - this is such a big part of Florida's commerce and safety and confidence is important.

May 04, 2020 10:36 AM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Donald- our restaurants and retail stores are open to 25% capacity but I've read that there are some restaurants who are choosing not to open yet. And I've spoken with some friends who are not quite ready to return to dining in yet either. 

May 04, 2020 06:17 PM #3
Sally Crane
WMS - Unity, WI
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Thanks for the update, all the best to you as you get many of these properties listed and sold.



May 07, 2020 12:10 AM #4
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

The idea of really sanitizing in between guests is a so important-virus or not.  Hopefully, people will remember the importance and common sense of washing hands and respecting the well being of others after this mess is over. And the people who do the cleaning need to be rewarded for being in harm's way.

May 07, 2020 03:06 AM #5
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