Strengthening and preserving vacation rental regulation by local governments through advocacy, education and collaboration.

Fighting to preserve local regulation of vacation rentals

Historically in the US, it has been the sole right of local government to determine the character of their individual community and enforce that vision through zoning ordinances. In fact, in Florida, a 1968 Amendment to the state constitution guaranteed the rights of local authorities maintaining regulations of vacation rentals. In 2011, the State, through its preemption authority stripped away local government’s right to preserve and protect local neighborhoods or condominium associations by forbidding separate regulation of commercial businesses called vacation rentals.

That right was partially restored in 2014, but since then has been threatened in the State Legislature. Although narrowly defeated in 2017, and defeated every year thereafter, the industry is back again in 2021 with more threats towards local governments and even homeowner associations.

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