Preempting Local Regulation of Vacation Rentals to the State of Florida.


The short-term rental issue is quickly heating up in Tallahassee.

Vero Beach, FL take notice.

A preemption bill has now been filed in the Florida House of Representatives.

Representative Grant filed HB 987 which, among other things, would nullify all local short-term rental ordinances and requirements.

This would impact Vero Beach, FL, which has an ordinance that requires a 30 day rental.

HB 987

General Bill by Grant, J.
Vacation RentalsPreempts to state regulation of vacation rentals, with exception; revises application requirements for vacation rental licensure; requires Division of Hotels & Restaurants of DBPR to make certain vacation rental license information available on its website.
Effective Date: July 1, 2019

HB 987 is not a companion bill to Senator Diaz’s SB 824 but they are similar in many aspects and share much of the same language.

SB 824

[Private Property Rights of Homeowners; Preempting the regulation of vacation rentals to the state; requiring each person applying for a vacation rental license to provide the Division of Hotels and Restaurants of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation with specified information, etc.]

Senator Mayfield has also filed a new short-term rental bill in the Senate, SB 1196.

Mayfield’s bill is comprehensive and puts onus on platform accountability.
SB 1196 proposes a statewide licensing system and would require vacation rental owners to display a valid certificate of registration in all rental listings or advertisements, including online postings. Online hosting platforms would also be subject to regulation and compliance with the law.
SB 1196
[Vacation Rentals; Requiring licenses issued by the Division of Hotels and Restaurants of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to be displayed conspicuously to the public; requiring the operator of a vacation rental or specified public lodging establishment to display its license number in advertisements; revising the criteria for a public lodging establishment to be classified as a vacation rental, etc.]
Where does Florida State Senator Debbie Mayfield stand on HB 987 and SB 824?

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