Deltona, FL asked in Civil Litigation for Florida

Q: I was fined a large amount by city for 2 code violations I was unaware of. Is this legal?

I was fined 15000 the max amount for violating short term rental zoning. At the time I wasn't renting short term but could not figure out how to get my listing off vrbo so blocked all dates. I received emails from vrbo stating I was no longer in search results. Code found my property online as it did appear although couldn't be booked due to blocks. They said I was advertising and I was fined the max which seems excessive. I was fined a 2nd time when they found my property on a UK site which I never heard of or knew it was on. Was this legal? I hired an attorney to appeal but the special magistrate didn't really listen.

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Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: If you have a lawyer none of us on this panel can interfere unless you discharge your lawyer.

There is a way you can reduce these code violation fines but whether it will work or not depends upon may unknown factors.

However, hiring a new lawyer might be advisable because there is so much money at stake.

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