Urge House Committee to OPPOSE
CS/HB 1011 – Short-Term Rental Preemption

On Thursday, February 20 at 9:00 a.m., the House Commerce Committee will consider CS/HB 1011 ( Fischer ) relating to vacation rentals, also known as short-term rentals (STRs).  
CS/HB 1011 would do the following:

  • Preempt to the state the regulation of vacation rentals.
  • Undo local ordinances adopted since 2014.
  • Preempt to the state licensure and inspections of STRs.
  • Any ordinances (noise, parking, trash, etc.), must apply to all residential properties, regardless of how the property is being used.
  • Local governments cannot prohibit rentals (not just STRs), impose occupancy limits on rental properties, or require inspections or licensing of rentals (specific to STRs).

Please contact Casey Cook at 850.701.3609 with any questions.
HB 1011 Talking Points
  • This is a local zoning issue. Commercial activity in neighborhoods is regulated for a good reason: to protect residents and ensure the right infrastructure is there.

  • The DBPR’s Office of Inspector General 2018 Audit Report found that the agency has struggled to meet its own approved performance standards for lodging inspection measures and will continue to struggle.

  • Everyone’s property rights should be balanced. Unruly behavior and issues with parking and public safety destroy the residential character of our neighborhoods. Our residents suffer while corporations profit. 

  • Short-term rentals are overtaking residential neighborhoods and creating public safety risks. Residents don’t know the people next door. Sex offenders don’t have to register. Neighbors are less likely to confront strangers when problems or nuisances arise.

  • Additionally, rentals are causing a drain on law enforcement services, when issues should be handled by code enforcement instead. Because police are forced to respond to parking and house parties, it means fewer officers focusing on stopping crimes and keeping communities safe.

  • Unregulated short-term rentals make the affordable housing crisis worse. Homes are turned into mini-hotels, which reduces the long-term rentals available and causes a housing shortage for working people.

  • Seven in 10 voters say local rules should govern short-term rentals. Nearly three-fourths want local elected officials in charge.
Please contact members of this committee and urge them to OPPOSE CS/HB 1011!
Mike La Rosa (R-42), Chair
Jason Fischer (R-16), Vice Chai r
Evan Jenne (D-99), Minority Ranking Member
Robert Alexander Andrade (R-2)
Loranne Ausley (D-9)
James Buchanan (R-74)
Joseph Casello (D-90)
Byron Donalds (R-80)
Dane Eagle (R-77)
Javier E. Fernández (D-114)
Heather Fitzenhagen (R-78)
Brett Thomas Hage (R-33)
Al Jacquet (D-88)
Tobin Rogers Overdorf (R-83)
Rene Plasencia (R-50)
William Cloud Robinson (R-71)
Ray Wesley Rodrigues (R-76)
Anthony Sabatini (R-32)
David Santiago (R-27)
David Silvers (D-87)
Richard Stark (D-104)
Charlie Stone (R-22)
Matt Willhite (D-86)
Jayer Williamson (R-3)
Click here to download a spreadsheet with committee contact information. You can also use the League’s Contact Your Legislators advocacy tool to email your legislators.
Watch Live on The Florida Channel
To watch this committee hearing, please go to https://thefloridachannel.org , click on Live Streams and look for the House Commerce Committee on Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

Keep FLC informed – Let us know what communications you have with your legislators on this issue. Email Allison Payne
Thank you for your advocacy efforts!