February 7, 2018

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Poll: Three Out of Four Floridians Support Vacation Rentals

Tallahassee — TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today released a new Mason-Dixon poll showing overwhelming support among Floridians for short-term vacation rentals.  Almost three out of four registered Florida voters (73 percent) agree Floridians should have the right to rent out their primary residence on a short-term basis.  Similarly, 73 percent agree Floridians should also have the right to rent out a secondary home as a vacation rental. A copy of the poll is available here.

As the Florida Legislature considers legislation this session to protect this important right of private property owners and create statewide standards for vacation rentals, the poll also found a strong majority of Floridians — 61 percent — agree that regulations for vacation rentals should be consistent throughout the state.  The strong support for vacation rentals and consistent regulation spanned across all geographies and political affiliations.

“Floridians are sending a clear message to Florida’s policymakers to embrace the economic opportunities afforded by vacation rentals and provide clear and consistent statewide standards,” said Caroline Joiner, TechNet’s Executive Director for the Southeast.  “Taxpaying, law-abiding property owners have the right to rent out their home, regardless of whether it is on a short-term or long-term basis, and should not have to fear retribution from their local governments for exercising that right.

“Vacation rentals have existed in Florida for decades and have become a vital part of the tourism economy.  This latest research shows Floridians recognize the value of vacation rentals and want them to continue to thrive in the state and be fairly and consistently regulated,” added Joiner.

A 2013 study commissioned by the Florida Vacation Rental Management Association found that vacation rentals infused more than $31.1 billion into Florida’s economy.  Since then, the growth of online platforms empowering property owners to rent out their homes and apartments has fueled more economic activity and income opportunities.  According to today’s Mason-Dixon poll, Floridians recognize the significance of this impact with 61 percent agreeing that vacation rentals are very important to Florida’s economy.

The poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy from January 30 through February 1, 2018.  A total of 625 registered Florida voters were interviewed statewide by telephone.  The margin for error is no more than ± 4 percentage points.

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