Jacksonville Short-Term Rental Legislation Withdrawn

Jun 6, 2019

Jacksonville City Council member Jim love requested withdrawal of Ordinance 2019-238, his substitute short term rental bill, in response to constituents’ concerns.

“After two rounds of trying to get it right I have come to the conclusion that this subject requires more thought and input and I am out of time,” Love said by e-mail to the Jacksonville Daily Record. Love is term-limited and will leave council June 30.

“The Short Term Rental subject is too important to rush. It needs to be done and it needs to cover all the bases and unfortunately both versions did neither,” he wrote.

Love’s District 14 covers Riverside and Avondale, where some homeowners are renting out properties for the short-term.

He held community meetings about regulating the practice.

He altered the bill to address the significant points. The latest changes, introduced June 4 to the council Land Use and Zoning Committee, removed many of the requirements for operating a short-term rental, emphasizing registration, ensuring a point of contact, insurance, paying taxes and operating like any other business.

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