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Vacation Rental Licenses

Blake Taylor
Posted Apr 7 2024, 11:44

Hi Everyone,

I am taking over a lease to do some rental arbitrage. The landlord was using the place as an STR before, and indicated that they got the vacation rental license. I was just wondering if anyone knew if I needed to get that transferred to my name/business, or can I just have them renew the registration every year? Can't seem to find anything on the Ft Lauderdale city sites on this, so I may have to call but wondered if anyone had a suggestion.

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Andrew Steffens
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Replied Apr 8 2024, 09:16

I am not sure as I have not done business in Fort Lauderdale but I assume he talking about licensing with the state DBPR - division of hotels and restaurants.  Hope that helps!

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Heidi Braunhardt
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Heidi Braunhardt
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Replied Apr 8 2024, 15:05

Hi Blake! You will need to go through your own application/licensing process from step one. The city will not allow licenses to be transferred. Hope this helps and good luck! 

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Jeremy Jareckyj
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Jeremy Jareckyj
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Replied Apr 9 2024, 07:01

I know most cities don't allow for the transfer of license. Usually the only transfer of license that could happen is upon sale. Depends on your local municipality

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Alex F.
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Alex F.
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Replied Apr 9 2024, 08:22

Florida is very straightforward.  Register here - https://www.myfloridalicense.com/intentions2.asp?chBoard=tru...

But also check with your county and city.  Some counties OR cities now have additional registration requirements.  

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Blake Taylor
Replied Apr 9 2024, 17:32

Thanks everyone! Makes sense - I was pretty well-versed in the regs but when the property manager mentioned they already had the vacation rental license for Broward, my ears perked up. I was definitely hoping for a short cut, but it is what it is!