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Florida Covid Parties, Miami Fines Get Cheaper, Short Term Rentals Beats Hotels

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Happy Friday Everyone!

Florida gang members are hosting large house parties at vacation rentals with the aim of spreading coronavirus, cops say.  Yes you read that right.  ...Wow.

These “COVID-19 parties” with crowds of up to 400 people have received more than 600 noise complaints since March, stated Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson. Good thing OwnerRez offers Damage Protection.😉

Florida continues tackling tough VR issues in court.  A FL appeals court ruled Wednesday that the steep $20,000 fines for illegal vacation rentals the city of Miami Beach imposes is in violation of state law. This affirms the opinion of the lower court and strikes down what is considered to be the harshest fine structure any local government has imposed to crack down on short-term rentals. According to the ruling, Florida Statute states that a city’s fines “shall not exceed $1,000 per day per violation for the first violation, $5,000 per day per violation for a repeat violation, and up to $15,000 per violation if the code enforcement board or special magistrate finds the violation to be irreparable or irreversible in nature.”

During the Covid-19 pandemic, short-term rentals outperformed hotels, according to the preliminary findings from STR, and AirDNA, hotel data intelligence and global benchmarking firms. The most recent week of the analysis showed, larger short-term rentals had the highest occupancy level of 61.4 percent. Short-term rentals came in at 58.2 percent, while traditional hotels were at 39.2 percent.

And this is while many hotels were open and STRs were not! It makes sense of course since most travelers want isolation and better cleaning standards.  Vacation rentals win again!

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