North Palm Beach increases annual fees to register vacation rental homes

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NORTH PALM BEACH – Short-term rental owners in North Palm Beach will have to register their properties and pay a fee of $ 600 per year to operate in the village, according to a Sept. 8 vote by the village council.

The vacation rental registration program will apply to between 20 and 30 North Palm Beach homeowners who rent their entire homes to visitors. The village hopes the program will reduce parking and noise problems.

In August, the village assumed a fee of $ 450 per property, which would accompany registration documents due on October 1 of each year. Due to the amount of codes, fire and building inspections the village must complete to run the program, its staff recommended increasing the fee to $ 600.

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At least one vacation rental owner has requested that fees be waived for existing rentals. Council member Mark Mullinix said he heard opposition to the program from the local association of realtors and asked if there was a way to cut costs for existing homeowners.

“While we might not think of them as small businesses, they really are,” said Mullinix.

But others said the board couldn’t choose who to assess the fees to. The fees were considered a resolution, which means the board can easily adjust the amount in the future.

“I don’t see this as a lucrative business,” said Board member Susan Bickel. “But we have to cover our costs because they are running a business that is costing us.”

Council unanimously approved the new tariff.

North Palm Beach Rental Registration Program Requirements

The rent-to-register program will require owners to limit the number of people allowed to stay in a house to two people per room and two additional people.

When registering, owners would be required to limit parking to one per room (five maximum), provide proof of payment of the tourism development tax to Palm Beach County, and designate a 24-hour available person. and 7/7 by phone and who can be home within two hours if there is a problem.

It also prohibits parking in the streets and in ditches for rentals. Street and ditch parking, or parking in grassy areas between sidewalks and streets, is permitted elsewhere in the village, Mayor Darryl Aubrey said.

Rental owners will need to complete the registration process and pay the fees for each individual rental property they own.

The intersection of Lighthouse Drive and Anchorage Drive shows the gullies between sidewalks and streets where residents are allowed to park in parts of the village.  A vacation rental regulatory program would ban parking in ditches in front of rentals.

Similar Programs in Palm Beach County

North Palm Beach is the latest municipality to adopt a rental registration program that more closely monitors landlords and how they use their properties.

The program follows similar initiatives from other neighboring municipalities, such as Juno Beach and Wellington. Both have passed vacation rental regulations to control aspects such as parking and noise.

West Palm Beach has struggled specifically with homes bought by investors and rented out as “party houses,” some drawing more than 100 people to otherwise quiet neighborhoods overnight.

But the state has limited the rights of local governments to outright ban rentals.

In 2011, Florida House Bill 883 limited the ability of governments to restrict short-term rentals based on rental term. The bill responded to the downturn in the housing market, which has prevented many homeowners from selling. Instead, they turned to rental.

Some municipalities, such as Palm Beach and Miami Beach, had short-term rental bans that were written into law and remained in place.

In 2014, the state rolled back some of those limits so municipalities could set safety and parking criteria that help tenants be better neighbors.

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