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Becoming a HOST for SHORT TERM Rentals


Do you need a license to Airbnb in Florida?

If you are renting out an entire unit or dwelling (ie. listings that rent out individual rooms are not eligible), you will need to get a State Vacation Rental Dwelling License from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) either online or by mail.


What license do I need to Airbnb in Florida?

State Vacation Rental License

The state of Florida requires that all vacation rentals in the state be licensed through the DBPR.


How much does it cost to get a rental license in Florida?

The application fee for the initial certificate of registration is $250, while it is $150 for a renewed certificate. The fee for the initial required inspection is included in the application fee, but a first re-inspection costs $50. (Dec 14, 2022)

What do I need to start an Airbnb business?

How to start an Airbnb business

  1. Find out if you need permission.

  2. Get the proper permission from your landlord, co-op board or homeowners association, if relevant. 

  3. Find and prepare your Airbnb space. 

  4. Set your price. 

  5. List your space. 

  6. Hire or enlist some help (a co-host) 

  7. Host an Airbnb experience.


How much money do you need to start an Airbnb?

Between $3,000-$6,000

The average cost to start an Airbnb sits between $3,000-$6,000. This cost will significantly vary depending on the following items: Property purchase price. Home Loan Down Payment. (Dec 12, 2022)

What percentage does Airbnb take?

The host pays a flat rate of 3% of the total booking cost and the guest pays a percentage of their reservation fee (this is somewhere between 5-20% depending on the length of stay, the location, and the cost of the reservation to start with). (Apr 29, 2022)


Is Airbnb worth it in Florida?

To cut the story short, Airbnb is definitely profitable in Florida! For instance, based on an Airbnb income calculator, you can earn a whopping $108,888 annually in Cape San Blas alone! Known as America's best state park, this area attracts numerous tourists as it boasts 1,900 acres of preserved wilderness. (Aug 16, 2022)


Airbnb properties can generate as high as 8% or higher returns depending on several factors, such as the location, property type, and seasonality. (Mar 3, 2022)

How much can 1 Airbnb make?

A simple way to calculate your Airbnb revenue is by multiplying the year-round occupancy rate and your average daily rate. If you charge $150/night and achieve a 70% occupancy rate, you will make around $150*0.70*365, which is $38,325 before expenses and taxes. (Jan 30, 2023)


How much do Airbnb owners make in Florida?

How much does an Airbnb Host make in Florida? As of Apr 21, 2023, the average annual pay for an Airbnb Host in Florida is $44,940 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $21.61 an hour. This is the equivalent of $864/week or $3,745/month.


Is it hard to own an Airbnb?

Starting an Airbnb and becoming a host is easier than you might think! While success is never guaranteed, if you provide an excellent experience in a great location, then you're well on your way to becoming a Superhost (the highest achievement as an Airbnb host)!

How do you get around no short-term rental restrictions?

With a real business setup, you can go to a seller or a landlord and rent or buy the property in the business's name. This way, you'll be able to circumvent several of these property laws. But, at the same time, you'll have to stay above board and notify the relevant authorities of who is in the flat. (Mar 15, 2022)


What type of property is best for Airbnb?

The best type of property to invest in on Airbnb is one that gives more income and a higher occupancy rate. But it all depends on the chosen location and your target guests. For example, if you want to buy an Airbnb property in a busy city, you'd probably want to invest in a small apartment or condo. (Aug 3, 2022)



How much is the average Airbnb in Florida?

The average Daily Rate (ADR) is $576 (February 2022) Average Occupancy Rate is 87% (June 2021)

Average Monthly Revenue is $9,800 (March 2022)

Different TAXES in each County
Miami-Dade County

Tourist Development Room Tax: 2% of the listing price including any cleaning fee for reservations 182 nights and shorter in Miami-Dade County. The tax is not applicable to reservations in Miami Beach, Bal Harbour and Surfside. For detailed information, please visit Miami-Dade County Tax Collector’s website.

Broward County

Broward County Tourist Development Tax: 6% of the listing price, including any cleaning fee for reservations 182 nights and shorter in Broward County. For detailed information, please visit the Broward County Tax Collector's website.

Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County Florida Transient Rental Tax: 6% of the listing price, including any cleaning fee for reservations 182 nights and shorter. For detailed information, visit the Palm Beach County Tax Collector's website.

NO LICENSE required if...

Hosted Rentals (short-term rentals while the host remains in the home) are not regulated by DBPR. Renting a single room or rooms other than the whole unit is not classified as a public lodging and would not require a license from DBPR. However, hosted rentals may still be subject to other city, county, or other local-level requirements.


It's important to understand and abide by other contracts or rules that bind you, such as leases, condo board or co-op rules, HOA rules, or rules established by tenant organizations. 


Florida Department of Revenue

Florida Department of State

DBPR- Florida Department of Business & Professional

Online Sunshine - Florida Legislature

Florida Association of Destination Marketing Organizations

Visit Florida





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