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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: April 11, 2023 03:30 PM
From: Representative Doyle Heffley
To: All House members
Subject: Short Term Rental Compliance Act
Short term rentals are a wonderful alternative to traditional short term lodging options. They can help to invigorate local economies and provide additional income options for homeowners or investors. Despite those benefits, when there is a property that is being utilized as a short term rental that does not comply with local or state laws, or becomes a nuisance property for neighborhoods, it can become problematic for those nearby.
To that end, I will shortly be introducing legislation that will set a statewide “code of conduct” for short term rentals, that will simply reiterate the need for these types of rentals to be in compliance with all local, state and federal laws. This can include all occupancy, parking, noise limits, etc., or even the registering and licensing requirements that local communities already may have in place.
In addition, my legislation will provide legal relief options for neighbors and local communities when a short term rental property becomes problematic, and a local government does not have the policing force or manpower to enforce their ordinances and laws that the property is in noncompliance with.
On the other hand, my legislation will also prohibit local governments from unnecessarily prolonging or stalling the licensing or registering of short term rentals that are in compliance with all ordinances, laws, or requirements.
Finally, my legislation will allow the courts to direct listing platforms for short term rentals to delist properties, if they are continuously a nuisance property, and the court deems delisting necessary.
Please join me in cosponsoring this legislation to create a few minor guardrails to allow law abiding and compliance short term rentals to continue to operate freely but weed out problematic rentals from our communities.

Introduced as HB1363