Collier ordinance to limit private short-term rentals to 6 months or more

Among the homes complaints have been filed. (Credit: WINK News)
Among the homes complaints have been filed. (Credit: WINK News)

Jeffrey Edmunds has lived in his Naples home for the last five years. Recently, a house on his block has been giving Edmunds and his neighbors issues.

“It’s a little loud at night sometimes just because they’re on vacation,” Edmunds said.

That is because the owner rents it out on sites like Airbnb.

“It’s a little excessive with the trucks, cars parked everywhere,” Edmunds said.

Other neighbors have said the same thing of this house and there is many more of them throughout the county. The Collier Board of County Commissioners estimate at least 15,000 of them.

These include rooms, homes, available to rent for days, weeks or months at a time. Tourists, for instance, are turning to these short term rentals because they provide significant savings compared to the costs of renting a hotel room.

But, due to the complaints, the majority of the Collier County board passed a measure to enforce a six-month minimum.

The commissioners expect the number of complaints about short term rentals to increase now that they have announced the ordinance will be enforced.

Commissioner Bill McDaniel was the only vote against the measure. He told WINK News the complaints are small compared to the number of rentals and people visiting, which brings a capital infusion of tax revenue for the county.

“I suggested that we review it, come back with some adjustments to the current ordinance to allow for more accountability of the landlords,” McDaniel said. “We don’t certainly want corporations coming in and buying up homes and doing transient rentals on a daily basis.”

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