Steube’s View on Rental Limits Wins Property Owner’s Vote - Herald Tribune
My view of state Sen. Greg Steube was unclear before reading your editorial “Steube’s extremism on vacation rentals.” Now he’s got my vote.
He is right on the money in describing the constant push of local government bureaucrats and their supporters to delve ever deeper into the affairs of the electorate. As an owner of several homes renting short term and an ex-landlord of annual (long-term) rentals, I can tell you that the impact of this technology-enabled enterprise is profound and positive.
I understand the fears some have when considering allowing short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods, but they are largely unfounded.
Short-term rentals are much more expensive per day than annual rentals. The way the online booking systems are set up, the property can only be booked with a deposit of half of the complete payment, up front. This can be from three months to as much as a year in advance.
This means the renters have planned ahead and are financially stable enough to have significant sums of money committed to their vacation well in advance.
When they arrive, they are much more responsible and careful with the property (significant damage deposits are held until after checkout), and generally tend to be ideal tenants.
We have never had an issue. If there ever were an issue, there are laws against excessive noise, etc., already.
Bureaucratic regulatory creep is real. It slows economic growth which hurts everyone.
By Eugene Rose, Sarasota