After a hurricane, those whose homes are damaged may be offered temporary housing in a FEMA trailer. But some local laws have prevented residents from living in RVs or temporary trailers on their home sites while they make repairs or rebuild.
Florida Senate Bill 250, which goes into effect on July 1, prohibits counties and municipalities, from prohibiting temporary shelters on residential property for up to 36 months following a natural emergency.
The law covers emergencies in which a permanent resident structure was damaged during a natural disaster.
To qualify :
The resident must make a good faith effort to rebuild or renovate the damaged permanent residence, including obtaining a building permit, submitting a site plan or obtaining a construction loan.
The temporary structure must be connected to water and electric utilities on the site and must not present a threat to health and human safety.
The property owner must live in the temporary residence.
The law allows use of the temporary residence for up to 36 months or until a certificate of occupancy is issued for the primary residents, whichever comes first.