Estate Management in Florida

Estate Management

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Many people are not traveling by air these days (though air travel will, eventually, return). So they are not buying second homes far from their respective main residences. On the other hand, many of you already owned a home in Florida before this awful pandemic and have not been able to oversee it and keep all of its structures and mechanics intact. 
​Nightlight Management can check on your home periodically and ensure that the property is intact, that there is no theft, flooding, or other problems, such as vandalism, roof, or swimming pool damage. We can pick up mail, meet contractors, flush toilets, run water, prepare a home for your arrival- and just exhibit a presence so that people know that your home is being watched and accounted for.
​We can also manage your estate in all respects, even while you’re there, by working with and managing all outside services and overseeing interior conditions to keep things intact while your present.
​Read about our Concierge Services which include home management, contractor management, and senior check-in.
Contact us to discuss your home management and monitoring needs at 646.866.4419 (local in Boca) or email: nightlightreservations@gmail.com.

Boca Raton, Florida; Delray Beach, Florida; Deerfield Beach, Florida; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Boynton Beach, Florida; Manalapan, Florida; West Palm Beach, Florida; Palm Beach, Florida; North Palm Beach, Florida; Jupiter, Florida

Home Watch Services

Home Monitoring

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​Many people are not traveling by air these days (though air travel will, eventually, return). So they are not buying second homes far from their respective main residences. On the other hand, many of you already owned a home in Florida before this awful pandemic and have not been able to oversee it and keep all of its structures and mechanics intact. 
​Nightlight Management can check on your home periodically and ensure that the property is intact, that there is no theft, no water damage or flooding, and no other problems, such as: vandalism, roof leaks, or swimming pool damage. We can pick up mail, meet contractors, flush toilets, run water, prepare a home for your arrival- and just exhibit a presence so that people know that your home is being watched and accounted for.
Contact to discuss your home management and monitoring needs at 646.866.4419 (local in Boca) or email: nightlightreservations@gmail.com
​Read about our Concierge Services which include home management, contractor management, and senior check-in. Read here to learn about our full Estate Management Service.
​Learn about House Management for Seniors
Boca Raton, Florida; Delray Beach, Florida; Deerfield Beach, Florida; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Boynton Beach, Florida; Manalapan, Florida; West Palm Beach, Florida; Palm Beach, Florida; North Palm Beach, Florida; Jupiter, Florida

“Vacation Rental” License Application Services

“Vacation Rental” License Application Services

If you’re planning to buy a house or condominium unit for the purpose of vacation rentals, you should consult a local attorney to ensure that you follow the applicable licensing laws. You may need a license from the State of Florida as well as from your city. You may need to collect state and local taxes from your guests and should consult your CPA.
Nightlight Vacations can put together and complete your Florida State and city license applications to obtain authorization for you to use your property as a vacation property (known as “transient” use). We will work with you and your attorney, and any other professionals, to ensure that the application requirements are met to ensure the best chances of approval.
​You should also have your attorney advise on any other zoning issue before the licensing process begins so that you know the chances of getting your property approved for short-term rentals.
​Call us today if you are planning to buy a property and enter into the vacation rental and hospitality business. We can not only complete your applications, but will also help put operating policies and practices in place to ensure you meet the on-going legal standards for operating your property.
Nightlight Vacations also can offer you full management of your hospitality business, including answering guest inquires, taking reservations, preparing the property for guests, and ensuring that guests enjoy their stays. We can also handle your social media and online presence.
Contact us today to discuss your vacation home plans and licensing needs. Telephone: 646.866.4419 or email: nightlightreservations@gmail.com

Steps in Making a “Vacation Rental” Property Investment

Steps in Making a “Vacation Rental” Property Investment

Steps:

1. Speak to a local zoning lawyer (real estate lawyer familiar with zoning laws) to identify the potential location for your property. You’ll need an area where “transient” use will be allowed. State, county, and local laws may all be involved. “Transient” use means “vacation” use.

2. Once you have identified a potential property location, determine the kind of property you want to own: Condo apartment or house, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, amenities. Note that condominiums and HOAs may not allow short term rentals, at all.

3. Find a property that suits your goals based on income potential (and appreciation). Decide whether you want to have weekly renters, monthly renters, or both.

4. Close on the property.

5. Put the property into an LLC to protect yourself from liability from guest injuries (or at least have good insurance). Speak to your attorney about your options. Consider that your mortgage lender will want to know how you intend to use the property. Ensure that your insurance provider protects against harm during commercial use (i.e. use as a vacation rental, rather than as a residence).

6. Contact Nightlight Vacations, LLC to work with your attorney to prepare all license applications (State, county, city) to get “transient” use approved. Your attorney will advise if Florida law requires you to have licenses, at all (it depends on how many rentals per year, length of rentals, how the property is marketed, and how many units are involved.

7. Get a sales tax number and have your accountant advise on the proper procedure for collecting and remitting Florida State sales tax from guest.

8. If your licenses are granted, Nightlight Vacations can help set up your vacation property for vacation use. The property has to offer certain comforts for guests, including furniture, heat, a/c, water, phones, emergency numbers, and the law requires certain safety measures and cleanliness levels.

9. Retain Nightlight Vacations to market the property, take reservations, setup the property for guests, answer questions, provide property access instructions, ensure smooth operations, keep the property maintained, handle guest departures, prepare the property for the next guest.

Contact us today to discuss your vacation home licensing, operation setup, and hospitality management needs!

Telephone: 646.866.4419 or email: nightlightreservations@gmail.com 

Starting a Short-Term or “Vacation Rental” Business: Things for Property Owners to Understand

Starting a Short-Term or “Vacation Rental” Business: Things for Property Owners to Understand
Frequent vacation rentals of a home is different than renting-out your home one-time each year for a month, or for 6 months, or for a year.
First, if you are using a house or apartment as a source of income from various renters- rather than from a one-time annual or 6 month rental- your property may need to be licensed by your state as a vacation, or “transient”, property.
Also, your local zoning laws have to allow for short-term vacation rentals, or you may need local approval in addition to a state license. 
Check with your insurance provider that you are covered for injuries and accidents that result in harm to renters or to your home by vacationers. Homeowners insurance may or may not cover harm in the course of a vacation business (as opposed to residential use) being operated on the property.
If you purchase a house or have decided to use an existing property as a vacation rental, you may want to put the property into an LLC (an existing mortgage holder may not allow this).
Consult with an attorney when setting up a property for frequent rentals- whether they be daily, weekly, or monthly rentals.
Proper management and oversight is necessary to a successful vacation rental business. Potential guests want cohesiveness and responsiveness when planning a vacation. Arrivals, departures, and property preparation for guests must be as detailed as the other vacation properties (and as the hotels) with which you compete in your market. Positive online reviews are vital to keeping your property rented and income flowing. Cleanliness and “liking people” are really important to a vacation rental program. You are handling people’s valuable vacation time and limited spending budget. Guests want to have a good, safe, and easy experience. If you are more interested in the real estate and income aspects of vacation rentals, and don’t have the time or inclination to be in the “hospitality business”, then to create a solid business and get maximum return, you will need a vacation management company to handle all aspects of your vacation program. Call Nightlight Vacations to discuss your needs. 
​If you decide to have your property licensed by the State of Florida for transient/vacation rentals, Nightlight Vacations can prepare your application to the State of Florida seeking approval.
For vacation rental homeowners seeking management services, please contact us to discuss your needs at nightlightreservations@gmail.com, or call us at 646.866.4419.