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Fl House Bill Bars Local Govs From Making Vacation Rental Rules

Houses along beach in Seadside
Erich Martin

A bill moving through the Florida House would preempt local governments from passing ordinances pertaining specifically to vacation rentals. Rep. Mike La Rosa (R-St. Cloud) says local governments are passing rules so stringent some people may be forced to stop renting their homes.

“I’ve found fines to upwards of $20,000 for one violation, the first violation. It goes up to $100,000—a fine, which then allows the local government to then lien the property. Who knows what would happen at that point,” La Rosa says.

La Rosa says local rules should be evenly applied. For example, he says if local governments wants to make rules about noise level or parking they should apply that rule to all homes, not just vacation rentals.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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