Governor DeSantis’ Veto Empowers Local Regulation of Florida’s Vacation Rentals: Implications and Strategies for Communities

Important Update: Governor DeSantis Vetoes Vacation Rental Bill (CS/SB 280)

We wanted to bring to your attention an important development in the regulation of short-term rentals in Florida. Governor Ron DeSantis has recently vetoed the Vacation Rental Bill (CS/SB 280), which would have significantly reduced the authority of local governments to regulate vacation rentals.

In his statement, Governor DeSantis said, “The effect of this provision will prevent virtually all local regulation of vacation rentals even though the vacation rental markets are far from uniform across the various regions of the state.” He emphasized the importance of local control to address the diverse needs and circumstances of different communities.

What This Veto Means for Local Governments

The veto of CS/SB 280 is a pivotal moment for local governments in Florida. The bill, had it been enacted, would have centralized the regulation of short-term rentals, stripping municipalities of their ability to tailor rules to their unique local contexts. This veto underscores the governor’s recognition of the diversity within Florida’s communities and the necessity for localized governance.

Local governments now retain the power to implement and enforce regulations that best suit their specific needs. This autonomy allows for more nuanced and effective management of vacation rentals, which can vary significantly from one region to another. Whether it’s addressing noise complaints, ensuring safety standards, or preserving the character of residential neighborhoods, local authorities are better positioned to respond to the concerns of their constituents.

The Growing Presence of Short-Term Rentals

As platforms like Airbnb, Vrbo, and HomeAway continue to expand, the presence of short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods has surged. This growth presents both opportunities and challenges. On one hand, short-term rentals can boost local economies by attracting tourists and generating additional income for homeowners. On the other hand, they can also lead to issues such as increased noise, parking problems, and changes in neighborhood dynamics.

It is essential for local governments to strike a balance between promoting tourism and maintaining the quality of life for residents. The veto of CS/SB 280 reinforces the importance of this balance and empowers local authorities to take proactive measures in regulating short-term rentals.

Navigating the Challenges of Short-Term Rentals

To help local governments navigate the complexities of short-term rental regulation, we recommend our publication, Host-Nation: How Governments Regulate Short-Term Rentals for a Happier Community. This comprehensive guide provides valuable insights into how cities across America are effectively managing short-term rentals. It covers a range of strategies, from implementing zoning laws and licensing requirements to engaging with community stakeholders.

“Airbnbs and short-term rentals are reshaping the country, and this is literally the only book I could find which dives into how cities craft policies to balance the competing interests of renters, their neighbors, and the community in general. This is mandatory reading for city planners and local government officials to ensure their community is prepared for this continuing phenomenon.”

— Amazon Reviewer

Stay Informed and Ahead of the Curve

The landscape of short-term rental regulation is continually evolving. By staying informed and proactive, local governments can better manage the impacts of this growing trend. We encourage city planners, local government officials, and community leaders to read Host-Nation and use it as a resource to develop effective strategies for their communities.

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Avenu Insights & Analytics Unveils Groundbreaking Short-Term Rental Compliance Solution: Avenu | STR

Transforming Municipal Governance with Innovative STR Compliance Technology

Avenu Insights & Analytics, a leading provider of revenue recovery and software solutions for state and local governments, proudly announces the launch of Avenu | STR, an innovative SaaS solution designed to streamline short-term rental (STR) compliance and enhance local government revenue management.

With an industry-leading approach that integrates advanced identification, monitoring, and compliance capabilities, Avenu | STR offers a comprehensive solution to the challenges faced by local governments in the rapidly growing STR market. The solution ensures monitoring and identification with accurate and reliable data backed by court-defensible evidence. It continuously monitors data from over 100 websites, four times a week, capturing all listings, including those attempting to evade detection. This robust monitoring is coupled with advanced data analytics and reporting, providing governments with daily updates on a customizable dashboard. The platform offers powerful one-click reporting tools for in-depth analysis of financial trends and patterns in the local STR market.

Avenu STR also streamlines registration and permitting processes through a mobile-ready, self-service portal, allowing property owners and managers to easily register properties, make payments, and upload documents. For governments requiring a more hands-on approach, it provides full-service online registration and permitting with configurable options tailored to meet local requirements.

Revenue management and tax collection are enhanced through a full-service tax portal that facilitates property owner and manager tax registration and remittance. Advanced tax reporting and collection tools, including payment processing via credit card, ACH, and debit, are also integrated into the solution.

Avenu | STR is built on a cloud-based platform, accessible 24/7, with unlimited user access and full training for each user. This ensures that municipal staff, from council members to code enforcement officers, have the tools they need to efficiently manage STR compliance and optimize revenue recovery.

“Keeping pace with the growth of short-term rentals, rapid changes in technology, and increased citizen expectations are challenges that many state and local governments are facing,” shared Avenu CEO, Paul Colangelo. “We are combining the industry’s leading technologies to create a better experience for citizens while providing a full-service compliance solution that gives governments a way to properly monitor and collect all short-term rental revenue.”

For more information, please visit the official press release here.

Case Study: Reimagining Short-Term Rental Governance

The growth of short-term rentals (STRs) in Denver, Colorado was causing a number of community concerns, including noise complaints, public safety issues, overburdened trash services, increased traffic, and damage to neighboring properties. The City was struggling to monitor ordinance compliance and address these issues.

The STR challenge was having a significant impact on the city’s resources. The city was losing revenue from taxes and fees that would have been collected if the properties were rented long-term. Additionally, the STRs were placing a strain on community services, such as trash collection and police response. The city needed a comprehensive solution that would address the financial and social aspects of the STR market while ensuring strict adherence to local ordinances. The solution also needed to balance the interests of the homeowners, local businesses, and the wider community.

The city implemented a number of measures to address the STR challenge, including creating a new licensing system for STRs, increasing enforcement of STR ordinances and investing in community services to support the growing tourism industry. These measures have helped to mitigate the negative impacts of STRs on the city. The city has also seen an increase in revenue from taxes and fees collected from STRs.

Learn more about how to address the challenges posed by STRs while still benefiting from the economic and tourism opportunities they offer. By implementing a comprehensive solution that balances the interests of all stakeholders, cities can ensure that STRs contribute to the vibrancy and prosperity of their communities.

City of Denver, CO


Webinar: Short-Term Rentals: Managing Compliance & Administration in Your Community

Are you feeling the impact of Short-Term Rentals in your area? We understand the challenges that STRs can bring to local governments and communities.
Tune in to this webinar as we explore the rise of STRs, the strain they can put on communities, and why it can be difficult to find solutions. We also walk you through the four stages of ordinances and the compliance lifecycle and provide you with strategies for boosting compliance and revenue in this evolving market.

The panel discussed:
• The rise of STRs and the challenges they bring to local governments and communities
• Strategies for boosting compliance and revenue
•  Guest panelist Penny Curtis, City of Frisco, TX Code Enforcement shared time-saving tips that made a positive impact on her community


Webinar: Mastering STR Ordinances: Essential Tips for Texas Government Leaders

The rise of short-term rentals (STRs) is creating a new set of regulatory challenges for government leaders. This webinar recognizes the exponential growth of STRs in Texas and highlights the challenges faced by cities and towns in keeping up with this expanding sector. If you’re concerned about how to navigate this issue in your jurisdiction, this webinar offers invaluable insights into STR ordinances and regulations in Texas. You will gain practical knowledge, best practices, and tips to ensure regulatory compliance and foster a thriving STR industry while safeguarding your communities.

This webinar covered:

  • Explosive Growth of STRs in Texas
  • Landmark Texas Court Rulings: What They Mean for Your STR Regulations
  • Balancing STR Growth & Citizen Concerns
  • The 4 Stages of Regulatory Compliance – Where Are You?
  • Tips & Strategies for Tailoring Effective STR Ordinances for Your Community




Five Ways Avenu Maximizes Your Short-Term Rental Compliance

Are you experiencing a rapid growth in your Short-Term Rental (STR) community? It can be a challenge to keep up with monitoring, licensing, permitting, and overall tax collection. And non-compliant STRs also bring about neighborhood complaints, like safety, noise, trash, and parking, just to name a few.

As a local government leader, you need a comprehensive solution to help discover, identify, register, and collect all revenue from existing and unknown STRs in your community.

Avenu Insights & Analytics provides a Short-Term Rental monitoring, compliance, and Full-Service administration solution. An intuitive and easy to use software solution that evaluates your entire STR community and identifies those that are not in compliance. We help recover funds from newly discovered STRs and receive, post, and reconcile all STR filings and fee payments.

Learn the five ways Avenu helps maximize your STR compliance.

Contact Avenu today for a free customized dashboard for your community and see how we can bring your community’s Short-Term Rental properties into compliance, in short order.

Short-Term Rental Solutions Helps Communities Increase Revenue and Efficiency

Short-term rental listings are expected to grow by nearly 21% in 2022. However, localities are finding it harder to effectively monitor and tax these properties.

The fragmented market (125+ platforms) makes it nearly impossible for government leaders to monitor and identify 100% of listings while maintaining compliance. At the same time, owners continue to skirt short-term rental occupancy taxes that go toward schools, fire departments and other important community services.

We recently spoke with the Director of Community Services, Gustavo Roman from the City of College Station, TX to discuss his approach to addressing the gap in Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue the city was experiencing.

In summary we covered some of the outcomes of their approach that included:

  • Establishing a Short-Term Rental Ordinance
  • Identifying over 400 non-licensed STR’s in first 4 months
  • Uncovering over $100K in newfound Occupancy Tax Revenue
  • Establishing a 24/7 Hotline & Portal for Citizens
  • Creation of a “level playing field” for all Hotel and STR operators

If you are interested in gaining a better understanding of what YOUR short-term rental community looks like and where it’s trending, we’d like to send you a custom dashboard comprised of data from more than 100+ STR websites.