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"Home Rule" Vacation Rentals

posted May 3, 2014, 4:19 AM by Gidget Jackson   [ updated May 3, 2014, 4:20 AM ]
Local governments regain some "home rule" powers over vacation rentals. In 2011, the Legislature passed legislation prohibiting local governments from regulating, banning or creating new rules specific to short-term rentals. The industry grew -- 17 million Florida tourists stay in a rental home, according to the industry's trade group -- and so did the size of rental properties. In some communities, large homes with many bedrooms are being rented out to multiple families, creating a hotel-like atmosphere.SB 356 by Sen. John Thrasher (R-St. Augustine) empowers local governments to enact ordinances specific to vacation rentals, such as noise, parking and garbage. However, local governments may not pass ordinances that prohibit vacation rentals or regulate their duration or frequency. Effective July 1, 2014