With over 135,00 licensed short-term rental properties throughout the state, legislators were once again determined to hinder local regulation of
vacation rentals during the 2018 Legislative Session. Although bills moved in both chambers, local governments were successful in stopping these
bills from becoming law.
SB 1400 (Stuebe, Simmons): Vacation Rentals – This bill would have preempted regulation and control of vacation rentals to the state, conferring
exclusive regulatory authority over such rentals to DBPR’s Division of Hotels and Restaurants.
Vacation rentals would have been required to obtain annual, non-transferrable licenses from the Division. The bill would have grandfathered ordinances adopted prior to June 1, 2011, and allowed grandfathered ordinances to be amended to be less restrictive. While SB 1400 did pass its first two committees, the bill was ultimately withdrawn from consideration.
HB 773 (La Rosa): Vacation Rentals – This bill would have prohibited counties and cities from establishing ordinances specific to short-term vacation rentals and would have instead required that local regulations of activities associated with vacation rentals be applied uniformly to all residential properties. The bill would have allowed counties with vacation rental ordinances in place prior to June 1, 2011, to amend their ordinances,
provided that such amendment made the regulation of vacation rentals less restrictive. HB 773 was temporarily postponed in its only committee of reference, before passing by a narrow 13-11 vote. The bill was ultimately withdrawn from consideration and was never considered on the House floor.