On Monday, January 13 at 1:00 p.m., the Senate Innovation, Industry and Technology Committee will consider SB 1128 ( Diaz ) relating to short term rentals (STR). 

SB 1128 would do the following:

  • Preempt to the state the regulation of vacation rentals.
  • Undo local ordinances adopted since 2014.
  • Preempts 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).
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.

Local Example of STRs – Here is a video the Cities of Anna Maria and Holmes Beach produced to highlight why local solutions are necessary. Feel free to share with your legislators.
Please contact members of this committee and urge them to Oppose SB 1128!
Wilton Simpson (R-10), Chair

Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-27), Vice Chair

Randolph Bracy (D-11)

Rob Bradley (R-5)

Jeff Brandes (R-24)
Oscar Braynon (D-35)

Gary Farmer (D-34)

Audrey Gibson (D-6)

Travis Hutson (R-7)

Kathleen Passidomo (R-28)
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 Senate Innovation, Industry and Technology Committee Monday at 1:00 p.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!