Priority: Resort & Second Homes

We're Watching Out for Everything from Beach Condos to Home-Sharing

Tourism is big business in Florida. That's why Florida Realtors monitors legislation surrounding resorts and second homes.

Tourism is the number one driver of the state’s economy, with more than 100 million people coming to Florida in 2017 alone. As the state’s tourism numbers grow, so does the need for more places to stay. And thankfully, the vacation rental home industry has been stepping in to fill the gap.

Unleashed by the power of the Internet, home-sharing sites have allowed property owners to capitalize on new sources of income while providing an almost countless array of housing options for visitors to consider during their trips. But this growing market has created new situations where the rights of property owners are becoming entangled with the responsibilities of the local governments in which they reside.

This is where Florida Realtors steps in.

As the voice for real estate in Florida, we champion the rights of property owners and are constantly on the lookout for new laws or ordinances that infringe on these rights. 

Our primary focus in the resort and second home policy area is to work with the Florida Legislature to find common-sense solutions that preserve the private property rights of vacation rental owners while giving local governments the tools to help their communities flourish.



ALERT - Vacation rental study needs your help!

Florida Realtors, in partnership with UCF, is conducting a study to determine the value of the vacation rental industry to Florida's state and local economies. The study is based largely on voluntary survey responses from vacation rental owners, guests and property managers. The study is almost done but requires more survey responses before it can be analyzed and published.

Florida Realtors is asking its members to share the following links with clients, family, friends and anyone else who owns a vacation rental, manages a vacation rental  or has stayed in a vacation rental in Florida in the past 12 months. Survey responses are anonymous and completely confidential.

This is an important study for the vacation rental industry and Florida’s real estate industry as a whole.  We need your assistance to successfully complete it.     

Survey link for FL vacation rental OWNERS –

Survey link for FL vacation rental GUESTS –

Survey link for FL vacation rental MANAGERS –