We all recognize that there is a problem with unruly behavior of some short-term rentals, especially in our residential neighborhoods. And that the state has limited actions a city can take that would interfere with a landlord’s ability to rent their property.
However, I do not believe that there is anything that would prohibit a city from requiring a landlord from notifying a tenant of the city’s rules and requirements that apply to housing.
This can be done by having all landlords provide tenants with a copy of the city’s specified rules, document the tenants’ legal address, and get a signed agreement indicating receipt of the rules, a willingness to comply or to pay fines and any collection fees. And fine the landlord if they can’t produce a signed agreement.
All the City would have to do is create an easily understood non-legalize document for the landlords to provide—along with the rental agreements—and the police to enforce.
Such an ordinance would be a service to prospective tenants since they would be able to avoid unintentional confrontations with neighbors and city police. And it probably would encourage rentals since most renters probably do want unruly behavior next to them any more than our residents.
A proposed ordinance has been submitted to the city council, the city manager and the task force. You can obtain a copy by contacting the City of Marco Island.