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Ten million Florida homeowners are watching vacation rental bills

Florida is home to the largest number of residents living in a community association. 

Some 10 million homeowners live in neighborhoods with community associations and are protected by time-honored, deed restrictions adopted by a majority and, in some cases, a super-majority vote of those who pay the bills and will be most impacted by them — homeowners. 

These homeowners voluntarily pay more than $2 billion every year to protect their quality of life, home values and property rights through enforcement and compliance through deed restrictions. 

Now, renting out one’s home or a bedroom on a short-term basis is nothing new. However, our laws have not kept up. In fact, Florida actually went the other way to benefit those who exploit home-sharing as for-profit, commercial businesses under the false pretense of “property rights.” 

And guess where those unregulated, commercial businesses with no offices are headquartered?

Right inside Florida’s neighborhoods. 

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson (Photo: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO FROM MARK ANDERSON)

These unregulated businesses then went even further and convinced our Legislature to remove what little oversight that existed — with some exceptions for cities who had existing rules — leaving our neighborhoods exposed as a last line of defense against unregulated proliferation of these commercial businesses.

Our neighborhoods, in many cases, changed almost overnight. 

A buyer’s market is a good thing, but in neighborhoods, the opposite happened. 

While some associations already had protections in place, many did not. Those which did not amended their covenants to halt further proliferation of these commercial businesses inside their neighborhoods, and those efforts continue to this day. 

In the 2018 legislative session, some of these commercial operators tried to remove any local government or neighborhood oversight. The Florida Legislature thankfully sided with homeowners and rejected this idea.

However, this year, some lawmakers are backing bills to remove the last vestiges of the few remaining local rules in place to protect the public. These bills unequivocally state that constitutional  “property rights” apply to anyone who chooses to rent their home, or multiple homes or hundreds of homes by the night, with no regard for the rules they agreed to comply with. 

They say that because vacation rentals are “residential in nature,” they therefore are permitted to exist in our neighborhoods, again, with no acknowledgment of the rights of millions of our fellow Floridians who contractually agreed to play by the rules.

At best, these bills — House Bill 987 and Senate Bill 824 — create confusion and conflict with adopted or yet-to-be adopted protections for our neighborhoods, forcing our associations to increase costs by hiring pricey lawyers to defend the rights of their homeowners. 

At worst, these bills violate deed restrictions for an entire neighborhood by allowing anyone who owns a home — or hundreds of homes they don’t live in — to disregard the rules, which they, as a homeowner, legally agreed to comply with. 

This is wrong for our homeowners, our economy and our state. 

Ten million Florida homeowners who vote, who pay their taxes and pay even more to protect their way of life are depending on our Legislators to stand up, once again, for them and oppose these bills.

And they will be watching.

Mark Anderson is executive director of the Chief Executive Officers of Management Companies, representing management of more than 14,000 homeowners associations, more than 18,000 managers, and more than 6 million homeowners.

Source:
https://www.tcpalm.com/story/opinion/contributors/2019/04/15/ten-million-homeowners-watching-vacation-rental-bills/3448311002/

Furnished Vacation Rental: 2-Story Townhome on Sykes Creek 3BR/2½BA

Available nightly, weekly, monthly, or long-term.
Scroll for full feature list.

104 Parrotfish Ln 101, Merritt Island, FL 32953
$2,900.00 Monthly or $1,000.00 A Week.

Come enjoy this incredible vacation home available Nightly, Weekly, Monthly, or long-term! Brevard’s newest and Premier Waterfront Community located at Stunning Cape Crossings. Property sits just off SR528, west of the Barge Canal on Merritt Island. Kennedy Space Center, Port Canaveral, and beaches, are just minutes away. OIA is 40 minutes away. This Stunning corner unit is located water side and a few steps from the Boat Slips and Pier. This Key West Style Two story Town Home is fully furnished and decorated with nautical flare. All utilities including wifi are included in stay. Resort Community offers pool, sauna, fitness center, and much more. Boat Slips are available for rent through the marina, Rates may vary.

Directions: SR 528 east to exit St Rd 3-Courtenay Blvd to North over Barge Canal. Make U turn to then right into Cape Crossings.

Brochure: CCR_brochureE

Property Features

Bedrooms

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Split Bedroom: Yes
  • Master Bedroom/Bath: Shower, Walk-In Closet

Bathrooms

  • Baths – Full: 2
  • Baths – Half: 1

Exterior and Lot Features

  • Lot Description: Corner Unit
  • Patio
  • Porch
  • Dwelling View: Direct, Water View

Interior Features

  • Breakfast Bar
  • Built-In-Features
  • Ceiling Fan(s)
  • Kitchen – Island
  • Open Floor Plan
  • Security/Safety: Smoke Free

Building and Construction

  • Style: 2 Story
  • Style: 2
  • Construction: Combination
  • Roof: Shingle – Wood
  • Total Floors in Bldg: 2
  • Exterior Finish: Siding
  • Floor: Carpet, Tile

Waterfront and Water Access

  • Waterfront Type: Canal Navigation,Sykes Creek

Garage and Parking

  • 1 Car Garage
  • Number of Garage Spaces: 1

Heating and Cooling

  • Heat: Electric
  • Cooling: Electric
  • Water Heater: Electric

Utilities

  • Electric
  • Sewer
  • Telephone

Appliances

  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Range – Electric
  • Refrigerator
  • Washer

Amenities and Community Features

  • Water Amenities: Dock/Slip Community

Pool and Spa

  • Pool-Private or Community: Yes
  • Pool – Private: No
  • Pool – Community: Yes
  • Pool Features: Hot Tub/Spa, Inground

Other Property Info

  • City: Merritt Island
  • State/Province: FL
  • County: Brevard
  • Area: 250 – N Merritt Island
  • Subdivision/Condo Nm: CAPE CROSSINGS
  • Directions: SR 528 east to exit St Rd 3-Courtenay Blvd to North over Barge Canal. Make U turn to then right into Cape Crossings.
  • Tax ID: 24-36-11-00-00505.0-0000.00
  • Condo Unit #: 101
  • Front Door Faces: S
  • Property Subtype: townhouse

Rental Info

  • Rent Includes: Basic Lawn Maint, Cable, Electric, Pest Control, Pool Maintenance, Sewer, Trash P/U, Water
  • Furnishings: Full

Call Rachel DeCamp, 321-403-7155, or email 

AAA: Are You Properly Insured for the Unexpected During the Busy Holiday Season?


#SolutionsPropertyManagement provides Supplemental #TenantAccidentalInsurance (up to $100,000.00) at no cost to the owner and with no deductible. So, if OUR tenant has a fire, related to a #Christmastree (or any other accident), they will get $100K towards damages!

AAA– With the Holiday season in full swing, making sure they have selected the proper insurance coverage is probably the last thing on the minds of many consumers.

“There are several hazards that can occur during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season,” said Tony Alberton, Florida Field Vice President for AAA-The Auto Club Group.

“Making sure you have selected the proper insurance coverage is key to mitigating any issues that may arise during this time of year.”

Since it is the season of giving, some consumers will be making big-ticket gift purchases and many don’t consider their insurance coverage.

When looking to make an expensive or unique gift purchase, AAA recommends consumers speak with their insurance agent to determine if the item needs to be scheduled on their home, condo or renters policy.

According to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse survey, only one in four Florida home insurance policyholders actually have scheduled personal property coverage.

Another common hazard that occurs throughout the holiday season is theft. Around this time of year, theft can come in many forms, including home break-ins, packages stolen from porches, vehicle thefts, and even vehicles being broken into.

If valuables, such as shopping bags and gifts, are left in plain sight it can be attractive to smash-and-grab burglars.

“When leaving your vehicle in a parking lot, make sure shopping bags and gifts are not visible through the car window,” said Matt Nasworthy, Florida Public Affairs Director, AAA-The Auto Club Group.

“Putting your bags in the trunk or another place where they are not visible can help prevent vehicle break-ins.”

Consumers should also make sure they have the proper coverage for this type of incident. A vehicle break-in is typically covered under the comprehensive portion of an auto policy, but it does not cover any personal items that may have been stolen from the vehicle.

A claim for those items can be filed on a home, renters or condo policy. Coverage is subject to all policy terms, conditions, exclusions and limitations.

Video: http://spacecoastdaily.com/2018/12/aaa-are-you-properly-insured-for-the-unexpected-during-the-busy-holiday-season/

7 Renter-Friendly Kitchen Updates

Residing in a rental doesn’t have to mean living vicariously through your decor inspo Pinterest Board. While you may feel stuck with those dated built-ins and hardware, there are actually plenty of temporary kitchen upgrades that *don’t* involve losing your security deposit. Scroll down for a few ways that you can jazz up your space in just one day.

1. Create a Kitchen #Shelfie: Remove the cabinets from one bay and style your prettiest ceramics and canisters for an Instagram-worthy shelving moment.

2. Update the Fridge: Some peel-and-stick wallpaper is all you need to make an old refrigerator stand out. Go with a solid color or opt for a gorg pattern for a big statement.

3. Add More Storage: Bookshelves aren’t just for the living room and bedroom. Move a unit into the kitchen to show off your best glassware, colorful cookbooks, and lush plants.

4. Color Code Your Collection: Get some extra work out of your kitchenware by arranging it by hue and putting it on display.

5. Create an Arty Backsplash: No room in a sea of cabinets to hang your favorite prints? Get a little creative with your decor and use art as an edgy backsplash.

6. Switch up the Pulls: Replacing the cabinet hardware is a simple task that makes a HUGE difference. Just be sure to stow away the old knobs so that you can swap them back before you move.

7. Stock up on Storage: Maximize any limited cabinet and wall space by installing picture ledges/hooks for a little art, decor, and your favorite patterned kitchen textiles.

Looking for more rental upgrade ideas to accomplish this weekend? Follow us onPinterest for more home inspo!Allison WheelerAllison Collins lives in Denton, Texas with her husband and two dogs. She is a honky tonk connoisseur, Bruce Springsteen enthusiast, and proud member of the West Texas Cloud Appreciation Society.