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Short-term vacation rentals now approved in Leon County

Posted at 4:35 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 16:35:31-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Property owners in Leon County can once again open their doors for short-term vacation rentals.

Thursday, officials announced that Leon County's short-term vacation rental plan has been approved by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

The plan allows for property owners and managers to resume welcoming guests.

In accordance with with Governor DeSantis’ implementation of a “full phase one” reopening, officials say the county’s safety plan was developed utilizing guidance from DBPR, the CDC, and the Vacation Rental Management Association.

"Recognizing the priority of keeping both residents and visitors safe, the County’s plan aligns with state guidance by restricting travel from international locations and states with substantial community spread of COVID-19," county officials wrote in a release. "Furthermore, the County’s plan outlines industry best practices and safety guidelines for property owners and managers to ensure short-term vacation rentals are opened in a responsible and safe manner."

Leon County’s Division of Tourism, in coordination with Leon County Emergency Management, will continue to review these guidelines throughout each phase of Leon County’s COVID-19 Response & Reopening Plan.

To see the full guidelines on short-term vacation rentals in Leon County, click here.