Hi everyone - I'm posting this here so that any other hosts in the Wellington, Florida area might be able to collaborate to figure out what the hell is going on with our Village of Wellington. I was just getting home from walking the dogs when I opened up a message from AirBnB that I have confirmed MANY (if not all) hosts in Wellington received.
Currently if you look at the Village of Wellington and try to book any stays for under 31 days you get a blank map (below).
If you adjust your search to include a stay of OVER 31 days you do get results. So I figured that there must be an issue with my BTR or TDT numbers (this happened before and blocked my listing for over 5 months while they figured things out with Palm Beach County). Nope - everything was ok. However when I went to reactivate my listing it says "Your minimum stay must be above the short term stay threshold to comply with local regulations"
A quick chat with AirBnB support provided me with little information but informed me that this was indeed a local ordinance put in place by the Village of Wellington and they recommended that I seek legal assistance.
Anyone have any insight on this - please share your findings below as I "think" we can send links within AirBnB to other hosts. Thanks!
This has happened to me as well. Deactivated and now they say it's a local ordinance which I cannot find. I also called the county tax collector office and they are unaware of this as well. Is this something Airbnb is doing strictly to Wellington?
We have the same issue and are located in Wellington as well. Could not find any article regarding a change that we are banned from short term rentals! It seems like its strictly against wellington inner city part. Loxahatchee just a bit north of Wellington and all over palm beach county are all short term rentals still.
If you guys find out anything it would be helpful to post it here. Or if we are able to fight back regarding this let us know! If we find anything out we will keep this post updated as well.
I've reached out to a number of the hosts in the area and here's what I found out. I would urge you to a) call the village to get a copy of the new ordinance and b) call AirBnB to make sure that they open another ticket.
Thank you for the update. Just called the village as well and requested the ordinance.
That's what i found out just by researching it myself that it's illegal under FL state law. Also I talked with Airbnb yesterday and still haven't received any article from them that says that short term can not be done.
Why do we seriously pay TDT and BTR? It makes no sense! For people that host and don't pay that they should be knocked off but not everyone else paying for it that do it legally!
Has anyone gotten anywhere with this? Am i miss reading something?? I do not see anywhere that says re are restricted.
I understand that they made adjustments to the short term rentals I attended every meeting no where in there does it say that they are restricting short term rental. They are saying that in the future it may be a recommendation they want to consider but would have to really think about it due to equestrian following. And if you look my short term approval was approved after this ordinance took effect . If you read the whole thing there were mostly concerned about restricting the number of people
I really think you need to have someone reread the document you sent me cause I have read it over and over and have had others read it and I still do not see where it says we are not allowed to rent short term . I think there is an error on your end. We have called the city and they say there is no rental restrictions.
We have called the Village and followed @Matthew147 steps that he mentioned. Can only recommend to all other hosts doing the same thing. Call the legal team in wellington and try to talk to Ms. Laurie Cohen. Also request the ordinance that was put in place.
Then call Airbnb and request to open a case regarding this.
There is nothing in the Ordinance that requests that short term rentals are no longer allowed anymore. It's against Florida State Law to deny such thing!
Hopefully Airbnb will sort this out very soon so we can go all back to our normal way of hosting!