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Airbnb vs. COVID-19 Governors, Boards, and Residents Support Short-Term Rental Bans

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As homeowners association residents voice growing concerns about people coming from unknown places into their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, boards are taking direction from states and localities to temporarily ban short-term rentals to slow the spread of the disease.

“Many associations which do not already ban leases of less than a month are imposing temporary outright bans on short-term rentals,” for the health and safety of residents, says Marshal Granor, managing partner at Granor & Granor in Horsham, Pensylvania, and a fellow in CAI’s College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL).

Some states have imposed short-term rental bans to combat this crisis. In Florida, where short-term rentals are extremely popular, restrictions are now in place at hotels, resorts, or other lodging to stop the spread COVID-19. According to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, there are no check-ins for short-term rentals for the next two weeks. People already in Florida can stay until the end of their rental period.

In Sanibel, Florida, the city council voted to adopt a 28-day ban on accommodation rentals of any kind on the island. Under the order, any type of rental unit, including resorts, inns, hotels, motels, and homes may not be rented between now and April 24.  Any reservations already made for that time period must be canceled.

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