FRLA Statement on the Veto of SB 280 on Vacation Rentals

TALLAHASSEE – Tonight, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA), Florida’s premier hospitality trade association, released a statement in response to Governor Ron DeSantis’ veto of SB 280, a bill aimed at establishing fairness between hotels and unregulated short-term rentals across Florida.

“Regulation of vacation rentals has been a perennial issue in Florida for more than a decade, and FRLA and the greater lodging industry here have long advocated for reasonable and actionable regulations to create balance and fairness within the industry,” said Carol Dover, President & CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA). “We were proud to work with the bill sponsors and have this important legislation pass this Session as a solid framework and first step for regulatory reform in the sector. We are disappointed with Governor DeSantis’ veto but will continue with our efforts to work toward a resolution and ensure equity across Florida’s lodging industry – from vacation rentals to hotels – to best serve our guests and promote their safety.”

Bill Details: It would have required advertising platforms to submit quarterly reporting to the state on all units advertised for rent in Florida; It would have required advertising platforms to list the vacation rental license number on the advertisement of the unit; advertising platforms would have had to collect and remit bed taxes; It would have created within DBPR the Vacation Rental Information System to facilitate the collection and use of data on vacation rental licensees; and it would have allowed local governments to adopt a robust local registration system.