Vacation rental debates booked an annual trip to the halls of the Florida Capitol for the last few legislative sessions. But can legislation by state Rep. James Grant send this longtime visitor on its way?
The Oldsmar Republican this year carries the most recent iteration of legislation (HB 987) pre-empting local regulations on rentals. The bill goes before the Government Operations and Technology Appropriations subcommittee today.
Grant said the legislation might be primed for passage this year. How’s he know? There’s plenty in there that nobody likes, including himself.
“Everybody has got fatigue over this issue,” he said.
But like rideshare laws before, this fight evolved, and changes as markets shift and more people take advantage of new services, he said.
Grant recalls when then-state Sen. Greg Steube, Grant’s old Tallahassee roommate, fought the property rights battle. If there’s hope for a resolution this time, Grant said he’s willing to include provisions addressing concerns of communities.
From Grant’s perspective, it’s not right for local government to tell individuals not to rent their own homes. In the age of Airbnb, it’s easier than ever for someone to lease out property.
“Why take the ability for other