Letters: More condo owners oppose rental ordinance
Condos don't cause problems
I'm sure you would like to hear how people feel about ordinance no. 15-01. I understand the City Council's wish to pass a rental ordinance for Marco Island to eliminate the problems of renters making too much noise, parking haphazardly, and housing too many people.
However, I respectfully disagree that condominiums are contributing to these problems. Condo associations have the backing of Florida statute to have rules and regulations to prevent these problems, and more importantly we have the backing of Florida statute to enforce these rules by fining the violators.
Their complicated registration proposal (and having someone on call 24/7) will add a significant burden to our property management companies who in turn will pass the costs onto all owners whether they rent their unit or not. It will also add a significant burden to our rental agencies who again will pass the costs onto the owners. Condominium owners are being penalized even though condos are not part the problem. Shouldn't the police be taking care of these problems?
I have asked the council to please consider my request that condominiums be excluded from this ordinance, or at least be given an option to "opt out" from it.
Mary Pat Sullivan
Marco Island condominium owner
No valid reason
The proposed rental ordinance has no valid reason to include condominiums. To protect the quiet peacefulness of single family homeowners next to or nearby home rentals, I sympathize with their concerns. However, condominiums already have their own rules and regulations that are enforced daily on owners, guests and renters.
At the Royal Seafarer, there is weekday staff on duty plus nightwatchmen every evening who are very effective in keeping the peace if need be. Because of their presence there are never any serious issues. Each potential renter is required to submit a "lease application'" with references and other pertinent information so we always know who the renters are.
As to the fire inspection, that, too, is already being done in the building common areas and each individual condo, as mandated by the fire department. Why should we be subjected to yet another fee to do what is already being done?
Based on the substantial amount of additional bookkeeping, time, in house policing and expense, I feel the proposed ordinance is an undue burden for condominium associations and condo owners.
The Royal Seafarer
First line of defense
As one who has been in the real estate business for 40-plus years as both a broker and a developer, I have never heard of such an unusual ordinance. You are asking property owners to be the first line of defense to deal with unruly tenants. If the tenant challenges the owner and things get out of control. Who is to stop them? The owner cannot evict without just cause and going to court.
Marco Island has a police force on duty 24/7. They should be the first line controlling the noise level. The property owner should be notified that the police were called to quiet the tenant and the owner would then have a valid reason to evict.
Columbus, Ohio, and Marco