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ACTION ALERT Support Vacation Rentals

Background:
  • Senator Diaz introduced legislation (SB 1128) to level the playing field between hotels and vacation rentals under a statewide framework.
  • Just as the state regulates public lodging (hotels and motels) and food service establishments, so too would vacation rentals.
  • SB 1128 would require licenses to be issued by the Division of Hotels and Restaurants of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
  • Requires display of license, sales tax and tourist development tax information.
  • Requires quarterly verification, along with a stipulation that non-compliant properties are removed from platforms within 15 days.
  • Local laws passed before June 2011 would be grandfathered.
Take Action:
  • SB 1128 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Innovation, Industry and Technology Committee on 1:00pm Monday, January 13th.
  • Email/tweet members of the committee.
Email:
Step 1 - Copy the following and paste into the subject line of your email:
"Support Vacation Rentals"
Step 2 - Copy and paste the following into the body of your email:
"As members of the Innovation, Industry and Technology Committee, I urge you to support SB 1128. SB 1128 will be heard by your committee 1:00pm Monday, January 13th.
SB 1128 would level the playing field between hotels and vacation rentals under a statewide framework. The state already regulates public lodging (hotels and motels) and food service establishments. SB 1128 would add vacation rentals to the list.
We urge you to support the tourism industry, Florida's number one industry, by passing SB 1128. Thank you for your attention to this important matter."
Step 3 - Copy and paste the following into the address line of your email: