Should local or state government oversee short-term rentals?

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – April 2, 2019 – State leaders again are looking to take away the authority of cities and counties to regulate vacation rentals, a preemption push that is strongly opposed by many local officials.

Single-family homes that are rented out for a few days – or a week or two – have been a hot-button issue for years in many Florida beach communities, including those in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Neighbors often complain about noise, trash and other problems from the rental homes, and many local governments have enacted ordinances aimed at reining in short-term vacation rentals.

All of these local ordinances have been grandfathered in under previous attempts by the Legislature to seize control over vacation rentals, but those grandfathered rules would be repealed under the legislation (HB 987) that advanced through the House Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Committee Monday.

The issue has been especially prominent on Anna Maria Island in recent years, where the cities of Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria have all taken steps to put tighter restrictions on rentals – controversial measures that have prompted lawsuits from property owners.

Source:  Copyright © 2019 Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Fla., Zac Anderson. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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