Indian River County Code Enforcement Warns Vacation Home Owners Against Commercial Rentals

By Colleen Wixon of TCPalm

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY – At least two vacation home rentals are under notice: no more holidays or a $ 1,000 fine.

Code enforcement officials sent a warning this month to a South Beach landlord who allegedly rented the home for a commercial event, attracting enough cars to also violate parking laws for rental homes from vacation, according to county documents.

Tampa attorney Byron Howell, whose client owns the home at 2470 S. State Road A1A, Vero Beach, declined to comment.

Last year, the county banned the rental of residential homes for commercial events such as weddings. Over the past year, laws limiting the number of cars and occupants have followed. Primary offenders receive a warning. A second violation at the same address may result in a fine of $ 1,000.

Code enforcement chief Roland DeBlois said two warning letters had been sent since the new laws came into effect, but he expects complaints to increase in the fall.

County Commissioner Joe Flescher said the laws should reduce the number of complaints from neighbors about loud music and noise from vacation homes.

“I believe the word is out,” he said. “(The order) is well written. It is enforceable.”

Flescher said complaints to him have declined since the laws were enacted. Before the ordinances, he said, he received calls on weekends asking for help from party tourists.

The vacation rental’s second owner – who was warned by the Code Enforcement Commission in July for renting out the house for business purposes and announcing the property as available for events – is appealing to the court. Carmen Vara Cachaldora, owner of a house at 580 Reef Road, Vero Beach, said in court documents that she rented the house but not for a commercial event. Cachaldora, who said Tuesday she had been renting the house for a few years, declined to comment on the court case.

The county has few options for controlling vacation rentals or residences rented for less than 30 days. A 2011 state law prohibits local governments from setting a minimum length of stay for tenants.

The town of Vero Beach is exempt from state law because it previously had a law regulating short-term rentals.

About Colleen Wixon

Colleen Wixon is a multimedia reporter covering issues affecting Indian River County for the Shaping Our Future team. She’s been with Treasure Coast Newspapers since 1995. Find her on Twitter @TCPalmWixon.

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