The Florida Legislative Session Has Begun…
And we are closely tracking several bills that might have a positive or negative impact on your livelihood as an owner, manager or vendor involved with vacation rental properties.
We want to make you aware of two pro-vacation rental bills that we are following right now that will support the overall vacation rental industry throughout Florida. One is House Bill 773 sponsored by Representative Mike LaRosa and the other is Senate Bill 1400 sponsored by Senator Greg Steube. Both, in their current form are supported by the Florida VRMA (Vacation Rental Management Association) and our industry partners. While sum and substance may change as these bills pass through committees and debate, we firmly believe that each measure is very supportive of what we see as good legislation for our industry. The bills are intended to prevent local governments from passing onerous regulations that penalize private property owners. Over the past two years we have seen in excess of 50 local regulations proposed that restrict or eliminate vacation rental operating rights, while some local governments have started penalizing property owners in excess of $1,000 a day.
We will continue to closely monitor the legislative process and any other bills that could impact vacation rentals and private property rights.
Written by Denis Hanks, Executive Director of the Florida VRMA