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Oppose HB 219 - Short-term Rentals Preemption
Oppose HB 219 - Short-term Rentals Preemption

HB 219 (Fischer) changes current law relating to short-term rentals (STRs). The bill would:

  • Preempt to the state the regulation of STRs.
  • Undo local registration, inspection or licensing requirements specific to short-term rentals adopted since 2014.
  • Any ordinances (registration, noise, parking, trash, etc.), must apply to all residential properties, regardless of how the property is being used.

 HB 219 will be considered by the House Ways and Means Committee on March 23.

Talking Points/ Message to Legislators

  • Wiping out ordinances that were developed and adopted after numerous rounds of public input and feedback from ALL stakeholders (realtors, property managers, investors, and residents) is NOT the solution.
  • The community has adjusted to the locally developed rules. Stakeholders agree that the local solutions have deterred bad actors while allowing responsible short-term rentals to flourish.
  • Undoing all the work cities have accomplished since 2014 turns back the clock and repeats the same mistake that the legislature made in 2011.
  • Supporters of the bill will claim this bill is about property rights. They are right. The neighbors next-door to the problem properties have property rights too.
  • Florida’s cities are remarkably diverse and the solutions to their local issues are not one-size-fits all. We support raising safety standards statewide, but locals should retain authority to address local issues if raising the statewide standard doesn’t solve local problems. The exponential growth of short-term rentals in Florida have shown investors have all the certainty they need.

In 2011, cities were preempted from being able to protect local neighborhoods and residents from out-of-state and irresponsible short-term rental companies that violated local ordinances. Those ordinances are designed to allow communities to exist safely and quietly. Cities with an existing ordinance at that time were "grandfathered" and allowed to keep regulations already in place.

Cities without an ordinance lost the ability to protect their citizens and regulate the location of these properties. This situation resulted in a proliferation of STRs in areas that had traditionally been long-term residential neighborhoods

In 2014, legislation gave cities back limited tools to solve some of the problems, but these tools have proven to be inadequate.

For more information, contact Tara Taggart.

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