Short Term Rentals and FEMA

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There is an RV campground with about 20 mini cabins here in town.  On any given night, 1 to 3 of the cabins are rented out.  There are about 75 slots for RV's.  On any given day there are 5-10 campers there.  I have had at least 20 people stay in the cabins for exactly one week then move into one of my STRs.  Not a very profitable business, that campground, if you ask me.  The person that owned it sold the whole park last month to a group of people from TEXAS.

A few weeks after ownership changed hands, there are 7 more cabins sitting in the driveway of the park. Why are they putting in more cabins when they can't even occupy the first 20? I asked around and found out that the RV park is renting the cabins to FEMA, and FEMA brought in the additional cabins to temporarily house people from the hurricane that hit Houston.

Has anyone done STRs with FEMA? I poked around the website and it is possible to be a vendor to the agency, but part of me is a little leery about registering with the gov't.

Originally posted by @Paul Sandhu :

There is an RV campground with about 20 mini cabins here in town.  On any given night, 1 to 3 of the cabins are rented out.  There are about 75 slots for RV's.  On any given day there are 5-10 campers there.  I have had at least 20 people stay in the cabins for exactly one week then move into one of my STRs.  Not a very profitable business, that campground, if you ask me.  The person that owned it sold the whole park last month to a group of people from TEXAS.

A few weeks after ownership changed hands, there are 7 more cabins sitting in the driveway of the park. Why are they putting in more cabins when they can't even occupy the first 20? I asked around and found out that the RV park is renting the cabins to FEMA, and FEMA brought in the additional cabins to temporarily house people from the hurricane that hit Houston.

Has anyone done STRs with FEMA? I poked around the website and it is possible to be a vendor to the agency, but part of me is a little leery about registering with the gov't.

I was a little thrown off by your post at first. I assume you are taking about Houston? It shows you live in KS. 

Yes you can register with FEMA. Not much nefarious about it. The issue is getting them to notice you. It's a brother in law deal as are most of the agencies. List as a sub prime vendor/contractor unless you have deep pockets. Then expect your money in ninety days.

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