In preparation for the upcoming Florida Legislative Session beginning in March, the Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association is conducting a brief survey as part of a first-ever calculation of the industry’s economic impact on the Florida tourism industry, and they need your help.
The link below will take you to a short series of questions, which asks you to estimate annual expenditures made by and on behalf of your clients.
Your answers will be compiled with those of other respondents and entered into a sophisticated economic model. As a result, your answers will not be associated with you or your clients individually. FVRMA will distribute the final results of the survey and the economic model in February.
This request is time sensitive. FVRMA has only a few days to collect and analyze your input. Please take a few moments now to provide your critical input.
In case, you haven’t heard about the recent attempts to unnecessarily regulate vacation rentals in Florida:
In 2011, Florida legislators passed House Bill 883, which blocked local governments from “regulating, restricting or prohibiting” vacation rentals and, with some grandfathered exceptions, giving control over vacation rentals to the state. The bill assured Florida property owners could rent their home, and limited local governments from enacting new ordinances to govern residential rentals. Regulations which existed on July 1, 2011, were grandfathered in, but no new restrictions are allowed.
State Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, is leading a movement to repeal the law. Under new legislation proposed by Sen. Thrasher in late October, House Bill 883 would be repealed, which would then allow local governments to ban or impose restrictions on vacation rentals in residential areas.