Bp Recovery Fund Czar May Compensate Vacation Rental Property Owners


With much of the income from vacation rentals rolling in in the Summer, it has been a rather disappointing few months for the many vacation property owners within the Florida region. Many have found themselves taking substantial losses and with the BP Deepwater disaster still spilling down the gulf, there looks like little respite in regards of a lack in bookings.

Keith Feinberg, the man appointed by president Obama as the pay czar of BP's $20 billion relief fund having performed a similar task in 2001 regarding 9/11, has stated that owners of vacation rental properties who have lost income due to the disaster, could receive compensation. Though he has acknowledged that determining whether to pay those who have not suffered direct damage will be a tough matter to reside over.

Around 3 million vacation rental properties, throughout the four states affected by the spill, fall between the guidelines set out by Feinberg. Rental property in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida's panhandle may be able to receive hel paying for their mortgages or any other bills they struggle to meet due to the ongoing Oil Disaster.

"That claim should be filed," said Feinberg, referring to vacation rental owners. "It should be corroborated. I don 't know what corroboration. We 'll see, but absolutely those claims will be considered."

Homeowners in the area have also been affected, as property values are set to be affected by the spill, and it is estimated values of houses along Louisiana coastlines will reduce by 30 per cent. Yet this matter remains obstinately gray territory. "Property value has diminished as a result of the spill," says Feinberg, "Let's assume that's right. That doesn't mean that every property is entitled to compensation. It's a thorny issue."

Vacation property management companies with Destin vacation rentals and all along the panhandle of Florida, have also been subject to major losses as cancellations have resulted in an absence of business over the Summer period. Yet Destin is still open for business so to speak with its beaches remaining unclosed for tourists, while many events such as fishing rodeos have had to be canceled due to the Deepwater spill. There have been measures implemented to preserve the beaches, though these attempts have been marred by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990's litigation that the Oil Company must lead the clean up, leaving the state of Florida rather powerless, and waiting for BP's favoured retroactive clean up of the mess.

An estimated 2 million gallons of oil are flowing in to the gulf of Mexico everyday since the leak explosion of late April, and has become recognised as the worst environmental disaster in US history. Receiving payment from BP's relief fund does not mean property owners and those affected by the disaster forefeit the rite to to file a lawsuit with BP, for other damages incurred.