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Published May 3, 2021 in the Anna Maria Sun. Read the full article here.

Vacation rental bills defeated

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Legislature’s latest attempt to give the state sole authority over vacation rental regulations has failed.

When the Legislature concluded its 2021 session last Friday, two vacation rentals bills, Senate Bill 522 and House Bill 219, both died without being adopted as new state law.

In past years, stated legislators attempted – and failed – to preempt virtually all vacation rental regulation to the state. Those failed efforts would have stripped local governments of their ability to regulate, register and inspect vacation rentals at the local level.

In the Florida House of Representatives, those all-encompassing regulatory efforts continued and failed again this year. The Florida Senate’s legislative efforts produced an amended bill that eventually focused directly on the state regulation of the remittance of applicable rental and tourist taxes collected by online vacation rental advertising platforms such as Airbnb, VRBO and others.

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