Before renting your home, contact an attorney familiar with the vacation rental market
who can advise you on the laws in the area and potential legal issues
Check with county and city officials about the zoning requirements for short-term rental
Check the current zoning status of the area in which your vacation home resides
and be sure to learn about any proposed changes that may affect it.
Research the status of short-term rentals in your city or county by searching past newspapers for articles about
Consider contacting other owners currently renting in your local area to learn more.
Homeowners Association Rules
Check with the homeowners association about rules regarding vacation rentals for your complex
Typically, these rules are found in the community’s rules and regulations manual
that dictates how the homeowners association operates
and what rules the owners must obey.
Business Licenses and Permits
Many areas require vacation rental owners to apply for a business license or permit to rent
homes on a short-term basis.
Consult city or county officials for clarification and more information.
Safety and Health Codes
In some areas, vacation rental homes have to follow the same basic safety requirements such
as fire extinguishers, deadbolt locks,
and may also be required to complete safety inspections.
Some areas also have specific rules and regulations regarding health code, such as well-water
testing, and pool and hot tub maintenance.