Fort Lauderdale to crack down on vacation rentals

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Fort Lauderdale officials are hoping to crack down on vacation rentals in an effort to prevent out-of-towners from disturbing the locals.

Commissioners have tentatively agreed to require people renting their property to register with the city and to have annual health and safety inspections. The South Florida Sun Sentinel ( ) reports that a final vote is scheduled for Aug. 18.

State law prevents cities from banning short-term rentals, so Fort Lauderdale officials are taking steps to regulate them. The proposed law would cap the number of renters in any home, require a local contact for emergencies and allow the city to revoke the licenses of properties that repeatedly create disturbances or break the law.

The regulations are based on a Flagler County law passed in February.


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