As St. Augustine advances vacation rental policies, legal pressure follows – News – The St. Augustine Record
St. Augustine is facing a wave of legal pressure over its vacation rental regulations.
The city adopted a series of rules for short-term rental operators this year but has yet to begin enforcing the rules. The city plans to start collecting fees and begin enforcing the rules in October.
But the city is facing dozens of lawsuits from property owners who are opposed to the regulations, said Attorney Keith Brady, speaking on The 904 Now online broadcast.
“We’ve already started the process for well over 40 suits, putting them at risk of more than $50 million,” Brady said. “And we’re not going to stop. We’re not going to go away.”
Brady said attorneys are working on cases that have different focuses. One set of cases says the city’s regulations go well beyond what is necessary.
“We were counseled by the nation’s largest property rights nonprofit, and they showed us all