Short-Term Rentals Talking Points

Recent History:

  • We've been down this road before. Local government was preempted from regulating vacation rentals in 2011. This legislation included a provision that “grandfathered” any ordinance regulating vacation rentals prior to June 1, 2011.
  • But then the Legislature realized its mistake. The preemption language was amended in 2014 to allow local communities to regulate short-term rentals through life-safety and building codes, as well as other codes specific to vacation rentals. However, cities are still prohibited from regulating the duration and frequency of these rentals, as well as regulating these properties through zoning.

The Problem:

  • The massive growth of “vacation rentals” industry. Large-scale investors now dominate the home rental market with real-estate investment groups displacing true “away from home” vacation rentals.
  • Over-commercialization of neighborhoods. Short-term rentals, especially those run by out-of-state real estate conglomerates, are causing problems by creating commercial activity in residential areas (mini-hotels in neighborhoods).
  • Neighborhoods are suffering. Problems include noise, inadequate parking, infrastructure intended for residential use now being used on a commercial scale, and decreased property values in neighborhoods taken over by highly commercialized vacation rentals.

Where We Stand:

  • We SUPPORT legislation that repeals the state preemption of the regulation of short-term rental properties in order to allow local governments to adequately protect and preserve neighborhoods and respect local property rights of residents.
  • We OPPOSE legislation that further reduces a local community’s ability to respond to problems created by the over-commercialization of short-term rental properties.
  • The Florida League of Cities OPPOSES HB 773 (La Rosa) and CS/SB 1400 (Steube). Both bills would further preempt cities from protecting local communities and property owners from the commercialization of their neighborhoods.