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New Polling Shows Strong Support for Short-Term Rentals in Florida


Travel Tech on October 31, 2017

New Polling Shows Strong Support for Short-Term Rentals in Florida
71% of Floridians say homeowners should have the right to rent out their home

Arlington, VA – Results from a recent Mason-Dixon Poll found that a majority of Floridians support the right for homeowners to rent out their home, or a room in their home, through short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb, HomeAway, or VRBO.

The polling, conducted from October 17 through October 19, 2017, found that 71-percent of individuals polled across the state believe homeowners should have the right to utilize their home for the purpose of short-term renting. The largest pocket of support for short-term rentals was in Central Florida, where 77-percent of those polled support the use of short-term rental sites, while support for short-term rentals in Southeast Florida was 63-percent.

“It’s no surprise that Floridians are embracing the sharing economy,” said Matt Kiessling, Vice President, Short-Term Rental Policy for The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech). “Short-term rentals are more popular with travelers today than ever before. With this growth in popularity has come an increase in economic benefits to the owners and hosts who open their homes, as well as for the communities in which they are located.”

Polling was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida from October 17 through October 19, 2017. 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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