Tampa Bay Rules For Airbnbs and Short Term Rentals

Dated: November 22 2023

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Insights by Troy Nowak - Realtor with Mangrove Bay Realty

Introduction to Short-Term Rentals in Tampa

As a seasoned realtor with Mangrove Bay Realty, I have navigated the ebbs and flows of the Florida real estate market, particularly in the vibrant areas of Tampa, St. Pete, and Clearwater. My journey into the world of short-term rentals began six years ago when I purchased my first property in Clearwater and decided to list it on Airbnb. What seemed like a straightforward venture quickly turned into a learning curve when a neighbor's complaint led to a stern letter from the city. The threat of hefty daily fines was a wake-up call, prompting me to delve deeper into the rules governing short-term rentals in the Tampa area. My experiences have not only shaped my approach to real estate but also instilled in me a desire to educate fellow investors about these regulations.

Florida State Rules for Vacation Rentals

  • Licensing Requirements: To operate a vacation rental in Florida, you must obtain a license from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). There are two main types: a Group License and a Collective License. Remember, these licenses need annual renewal.
  • Exemptions for Hosted Stays: If you're renting out part of your home while you remain there, such as a single room, you're exempt from the need for a DBPR license.
  • Registration and Compliance: Once registered as a vacation rental, your property must adhere to all state health and safety regulations. As an owner, it's your responsibility to ensure compliance and handle any violations.
  • Tax Responsibilities: Managing a vacation rental comes with tax obligations. Owners must timely submit the Florida Transient Rental Tax and the Florida Discretionary Sales Surtax to the relevant authorities.

Hillsborough County Specifics

  • Zoning and Duration Limits: Rentals shorter than seven days necessitate proper zoning. Failure to comply can result in fines.
  • Local Taxes: In addition to state taxes, property owners owe Hillsborough County Sales Tax and the Tourist Development Tax.

Through my experiences, I've learned that staying informed and compliant is key to successfully managing short-term rentals in the Tampa area. Whether you're an investor or a homeowner looking to earn extra income, understanding these rules can save you from unexpected fines and legal hassles. My mission with Mangrove Bay Realty is not just to sell or manage properties but to empower clients with knowledge, ensuring their real estate ventures in Tampa, St. Pete, and Clearwater are both profitable and compliant.

Remember, the world of vacation rentals is ever-evolving, and staying ahead of the regulations is crucial for your success.

Important Disclaimer

The rules and regulations regarding short-term rentals in Tampa, Florida, and surrounding areas are subject to change. It's important for property owners and investors to stay updated on current laws. Always contact your local zoning department or a legal professional for the most recent information and to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and ordinances. This article serves as a general guide and may not encompass all the latest regulatory changes.

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