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When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it is important for you to understand the laws in your city. As a platform and marketplace we do not provide legal advice, but we want to give you some useful links that may help you better understand laws and regulations in Orlando. This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding your local laws. If you have questions, contact the City Planning Division, or consult a local lawyer or tax professional.
The Land Development Code. Chapters 58 to 68 of the Orlando City Code, the Land Development Code, governs most land use in Orlando. You should consult this to see if your listing is consistent with any zoning requirements or use definitions. Important terms include “apartment,” “accessory apartment,” “dwelling,” “bed and breakfast facility,” “commercial dwelling unit,” “commercial use,” “dwelling,” “dwelling unit,” “group housing,” “hotel,” “motel,” “residential use,” and “owner-occupied home sharing.”
Building and Housing Standards. Orlando has rules and regulations specifying minimum construction, design, and maintenance standards for buildings, including regulations on habitability, health, and safety. Some regulations applicable to residential and non-residential uses may be relevant to your listing, including the Building Code (Chapter 13 of the Orlando City Code) and the Minimum Standards Code (Chapter 30A). You can access the Orlando City Code here.
Business Registration. If you operate a business in Orlando, you must obtain a business tax receipt from the City. Please review Chapter 36 of the Orlando City Code to determine if these rules apply to your listing. More information on the registration process can be found here.
Owner-Occupied Home Sharing. The City of Orlando requires registration for owner-occupied home sharing. Additional details including fees, registration requirements, and registration application are available at the City of Orlando Home Sharing Registration page.
Taxes. Orange County assesses tourist development taxes within the City of Orlando on hotels, inns, tourist homes or houses, and other home sharing properties. For more information regarding tax collection and remittance by Airbnb for listings that are located in Orange County, click here. If you have any questions regarding the collection of tourist development taxes, you may contact the Orange County Comptroller here.
Other Rules. It's also important to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, such as leases, condo board or co-op rules, HOA rules, or rules established by tenant organizations. Please read your lease agreement and check with your landlord if applicable.
We are committed to working with local officials to help them understand how Airbnb benefits our community. Where needed, we will continue to advocate for changes that will allow regular people to rent out their own homes.
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