State Representative Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) issued a statement on Thursday in regards to her position on the rental of vacation homes.

State Representative Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton) issued a statement on Thursday in regards to her position on the rental of vacation homes. 

According to the press release, Franklin issued the statement amidst what she described as a flurry of misrepresentation concerning her position. 

"I have never filed any legislation dealing with how vacation home property is assessed in the past, and while I do have legislative research working on a bill for this session, I have not filed anything yet," Franklin said. "I want to be very clear, any legislation I fill will be intended to protect the homeowner who wants to rent their home to visitors, not to increase taxes or regulations on them, that's against everything I have ever stood for. My goal is to protect the homeowner, not increase the burden on them." 

Franklin went on to say, "From the calls and emails my office has received it is obvious that a great deal of misinformation about my position is being circulated for some reason, and I just want to address some of the false rumors, or as they might say on the national level, fake news." 

In some locations, Assessors have started assessing the owners who rent their homes on a short-term basis at a commercial rate than a residential rate, which increases taxes on the homeowner, the release stated. 

Many also feel it opens the door to requiring commercial equipment in the homes such as sprinkler systems, being mandated to be ADA compliant, and other regulations found in commercial businesses. 

"These are people's homes, people who have made the decision to rent them to vacationing families. They are located in residential areas, and this is how they should be continue to be treated," Franklin said. "My legislation will do just that, make it clear in state law that they are an individual's residence, not a commercial business." 

Franklin hopes to have the legislation ready to file in the coming weeks.