Blog

 
     

Could Background Checks Become a Requirement for Vacation Rental Properties in Fort Lauderdale?

By Michael Klazema on 9/20/2015
Come November 1st, owners of vacation rental homes in Fort Lauderdale will become a little more limited in who they are allowed to have as tenants. The Florida city recently approved a new set of rules regarding how vacation rental properties are used. Specifically, the new law will make it so there can no more than two tenants per bedroom in any given vacation rental home or cottage. However, locals want other rules applied to the new law, such as a limit on total guests per rental, or a background check requirement for anyone renting out a property.

Currently, the new law does include one stipulation regarding criminal activity. Convicted sex offenders will not be allowed to occupy vacation rental properties that are "within 1,400 feet" of schools, school bus stops, daycare or childcare facilities, parks, or playgrounds. However, at a recent City Commission meeting, local residents asked that commissioners go one step further. Specifically, residents want to bar sexual predators and other dangerous criminals from occupying any local vacation rental, regardless of proximity to schools or parks.

The City Commission has a tough task to deal with here, thanks to the time sensitive nature of getting the new law to a fully realized point. The commission passed the law on August 18th but wants to have it in effect by November 1st. Needless to say, that window doesn't give a lot of time for fixes and revisions.

The original goal was to have the law in place by the time Fort Lauderdale's tourist season rolls around. Indeed, the primary purpose of the new vacation rental rules is to cut down on the rowdy partying that tends to take place at those properties during tourist season. By limiting tenant numbers and imposing other regulations, the City Commission is hoping to keep out-of-town visitors from getting too out of control.

Still, locals seem to think that the new law doesn't go far enough in keeping Fort Lauderdale a safe, family-friendly place.Background checks for all visitors would help to keep known violent offenders, thieves, drug dealers, and other offenders out of the area during high-traffic times. Since partying is common for Fort Lauderdale tourists, particularly among those who rent out houses for a week or weekend, things can get fairly chaotic during tourist season. Background checks would hopefully reduce the likelihood of criminal activity playing out in the midst of that chaos.

Already, the new law will require people who rent out their homes to pay a significant fee, $750 initially and $500 for annual renewal. Money from those fees could help fund a more comprehensive background check policy for renters if the City Commission does decide to heed requests from local residents.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fort-lauderdale/fl-lauderdale-vacation-rental-meeting-20150918-story.html
Industry News
  Florida

Tag Cloud
Categories
Recent Posts

Latest News

  • December 11 The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General criticized a migrant youth detention center on the border for not running the proper background checks. Federal law requires the facility to screen all employees with FBI fingerprint checks.
  • December 06 In a bid to combat money laundering and illicit funding sources for terrorists flowing through the country's real estate sector, Singapore's government now mandates background checks for buyers purchasing properties prior to development.
  • December 04 What is a reference check? How does it vary from a work history check? We explore these questions and others.
  • December 04 Chicago Public Schools has dismissed hundreds of employees, coaches, vendors, and volunteers based on background check findings. The district recently vowed to re-check the majority of its 68,000 employees after a Chicago Tribune investigation revealed holes in its background check policies.
  • November 29 Striving to create a safer environment more conducive to productive training and leadership development, the Army has recently moved to adopt a uniform policy of background checks for certain roles. 
  • November 27 For hiring managers to verify the information provided on a resume, verification is essential.  Such is the purpose of employment history background checks.
  • November 27 California‚Äôs biggest public school district is waiving the cost of volunteer background checks. The move is meant to encourage more family - and community members to get involved with the school district.
  • November 22 Contractors play an important role in the workforce, delivering services to both individuals and organizations. Vetting contractors for suitability continues to be a challenge, as two recent articles prove.
  • November 21 When it comes to background and pre-employment checks, it can be instructive to look at the characteristics of the ten most massive U.S. employers.
  • November 21

    Verification checks are a powerful way to assess how truthful a job candidate has been on his or her application or resume. These checks can verify work history, education verification, professional licenses, and favorable personal qualities.