CS/SB 1128 (Diaz) and CS/CS/HB 1011 (Fischer) change current law relating to vacation rentals, also known as short-term rentals (STRs). The bills were amended to:
•clarify the definition of an advertising platform and narrow it by removing print
advertisements from its scope.
•allow a “grandfathered” city to amend its short-term rental regulations if the amendment makes the regulation less restrictive.
•require the department to maintain vacation rental property license information in
an accessible electronic format.
•require advertising platforms to verify a property’s license number prior to publishing its advertisement on its platform and every quarter thereafter.
•require advertising platforms to quarterly provide the department with the physical
address of the vacation rental properties that advertise on their platforms.
•impose a duty on advertising platforms to collect and remit taxes in relation to the
rental of a vacation rental property through its platform.
•establish requirements that advertising platforms adopt an anti-discrimination
policy and inform their users of the public lodging discrimination prohibition found in current law.
•clarify that the provision of the bill shall not supersede any current or future community association governing document.
Additionally, CS/CS/HB 1011 now requires sexual predators to notify the sheriff's office of a temporary residence within 24 hours of arrival. Language carving out the Florida Keys from certain elements of the preemption was also added to the bill.
CS/SB 1128 was temporarily postponed in Senate Rules which is not scheduled to meet again. CS/CS/1011 is on the House Special Order Calendar and is awaiting action by that body. (Cook)