A Broward County, Florida executive order that appears to mandate the use of facemasks on private, residential properties has many upset and questioning the legality of this order.
The order, which can be read at this link, states that “All persons who reside on any residential property, whether single family or multi-family, and irrespective of whether they own or rent the property, must ensure that all persons on the residential property, including guests, comply with all applicable guidelines of any Broward County Emergency Order, including the facial covering requirements,” and that failure to do so will result in penalities “set forth in Section 8-56 of the Broward County Code of Ordinances.”
But that isn’t all. The same executive order also holds landlords who rent their property to other people responsible is their tenets do not comply with the orders.
According to the order, landlords who rent properties for less than 6 months are held responsible for the illegal actions of their tenets.
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What does this mean, exactly? Well, being that Broward County is a popular tourist destination with many short-term vacation rentals, people who own rental properties — even if they live on the other side of the country — will be responsible for policing what their tenets do. It also means that people who rent their properties for short term stays, such as business travel, etc., will also be responsible for policing their tenets activities.