Sarasota explores increasing trip rental laws

Sarasota explores increasing trip rental laws

For now, town of Sarasota’s trip rental registration ordinance applies solely to the Coastal Islands Overlay District, the place 138 property house owners at the moment lease houses on a minimal weekly foundation. 

With upwards of 700 extra properties working as trip leases scattered all through town, although, the Metropolis Fee could quickly take up the matter of increasing the ordinance over all the jurisdiction.

Commissioner Jen Ahearn-Koch collaborated with metropolis workers to pitch the proposal at Monday’s fee workshop to increase the protection of the ordinance due to the rising trip rental trade. How most of the 700 or so houses are used as short-term leases, although, stays unknown as some could also be owner-occupied. A trip rental should both be a complete house or an adjunct constructing on the property.

There are sufficient of them, in accordance with Ahearn-Koch, to discover the chances.

“Different neighborhoods in our metropolis are being impacted and their high quality of life is being impacted by resort homes,” Ahearn-Koch mentioned. “What does it seem like if we had been to make this citywide? We all know that constituents’ property values are vital. Their high quality of life is vital. But when that is one thing they’re asking for, I believe all of us want to enter this eyes large open about what it should price as a result of it does take workers time. It does take know-how. It does take enforcement.”

The holiday rental ordinance was adopted in Could, relevant solely to houses on Lido Key, St, Armands Key, Chicken Key, Coon Key, Otter Key and the northern portion of Siesta Key. A trip rental is outlined by state statute as  “any unit, group of models, dwelling, constructing or group of buildings inside a single complicated of buildings which is rented to friends greater than 3 times in a calendar yr for intervals of lower than 30 days or one calendar month, whichever is much less, or which is marketed or held out to the general public as a spot repeatedly rented to friends.”

The present metropolis ordinance additional requires a minimal keep of seven full days and 7 full nights to qualify as a authorized trip rental. 

Trip rental house owners should register the property with town and adjust to a number of security and conduct requirements to keep up their standing. Metropolis compliance specialists examine properties, however at the moment there aren’t sufficient specialists to help a citywide growth.

Lucia Panica, town’s director of growth companies, mentioned with out house for extra personnel at Metropolis Corridor, increasing the ordinance citywide wouldn’t be carried out till fiscal yr 2025 when town’s “one cease store” constructing at the moment beneath building is accomplished.

Sarasota explores increasing trip rental laws

Metropolis software program reveals some 700 properties used as short-term leases exterior the Coastal Island Overlay District.


The present price construction for a trip rental is $250 for preliminary registration, $150 for renewal, $100 for an emended registration, $50 for first re-inspection ought to a property fail to adjust to all requirements, and $100 for second and third re-inspections. The leases would even be topic to enterprise taxes, gross sales taxes and tourism taxes. 

Whether or not these charges will be adjusted to assist cowl the price of extra personnel required for enforcement is questionable, Metropolis Legal professional Robert Fournier cautioned commissioners, citing potential state preemptions. 

“Is there any technique or method we might construct in our price in order that they can not be preempted?” Ahearn-Koch requested.

“No,” was the temporary, and anticipated, response from Fournier.

The dialogue over prices to implement citywide growth shall be on the agenda of upcoming price range periods, Metropolis Supervisor Marlon Brown advised commissioners.

Town used software program that culls advertising and marketing of trip leases within the metropolis to find out the variety of such properties inside metropolis restrict. Unknown is what number of are owner-occupied, which aren’t included beneath the ordinance. Workers must contact these property house owners individually to make that evaluation.

An utility type and extra particulars concerning the present trip rental ordinance can be found on town’s web site at