Florida bill affecting vacation rentals goes through legislature

Find out if you own or plan to stay at an Airbnb in Florida.

SB522, a bill going through the state legislature, could affect the way you do business.

State Representative Anthony Sabatini backs the bill, citing that “property rights are fundamental. We don’t need local nanny governments in cities and counties to punish and hurt small landlords. landowners who own houses who want to make a second income “.

Currently, the law allows towns and municipalities to have a say in the regulation of the operation of vacation rentals. Basically, this bill would deprive them of that power and give it to the state.

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State Senator Linda Stewart said the bill was a bad idea, telling FOX 35 “I’m not a big fan of interfering with local government and the rules they put forward.”

Stewart added that towns and villages know best what their citizens want and can put rules in place.

“There are neighborhoods where it’s perfectly good and some communities are adopting it,” she said. “And there are others who just don’t want the extra number of people to come into their neighborhood and park their cars, stay up all night, and things like that.”

Sabatini said people should be able to do whatever they want with their property, and if a city wanted to pass laws limiting visitors or noise levels in a community, it couldn’t tell vacation rentals apart.

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“If there is garbage that gets thrown out, if there are crimes that are committed, they can control all of these things. What they really want to control is the idea that they don’t want to. for someone they don’t know to go to a house that is near them, and that’s just ridiculous, ”he explained.

Similar bills have previously failed in the Florida legislature. SB522 is currently making its way through committees.

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