Miami Beach Hitting Airbnb Operators With $20,000 Fines

Since March, the city of Miami Beach has issued fines worth $4 million against the operators of Airbnb and other short term rentals, according to the Herald.

In total, 145 short-term rental violations have been issued from March through November.

In March, the city commission voted to increase the maximum fines to $20,000, the highest in the country. Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine told the paper that even that amount wasn’t enough.

The Miami Beach hotel industry has led the push for the increased fines, fearing competition. Some residents have also complained of noise and other disturbances.

 

 

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Wang
4 years ago

The fines cannot be doled out just because of “fear of competition”, if so then I would be all behind people just airandbeing their way to Miami Beach and totally avoiding the hotels. I detest people trying to stifle competition just for the simple reason there is competition.

So I assume that ostensibly the fines stem from supposed real “violations”, just disturbances or are there others? The article is not clear.

david m
4 years ago

the hotels obviously have a hand in it, but people actually don’t like living next to unzoned/unauthorized hotels and they complain to the city.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Not fair that people can’t make some extra income with their properties and that consumers can’t have more choices to ultra expensive hotels.

We should welcome the 21st Century.

Anonymous
4 years ago

This is primarily about renters not paying the taxes for short term rentals that are an important source of income for Miami Beach to operate. This would create an unfair competition for hotels to the extent they are competing for the same tourist dollar.

Anonymous
4 years ago

If you have seen what is happening in New York and San Francisco, you would maybe understand a little better WHY they impose these fines. People will invest in multiple properties and sublease their properties to use as AirBnb. Eventually, there are much less options for actual residents to live, and this is a problem that has grown exponentially in other large cities. While I totally agree that a property owner has every right to do what they want with their property, most people renting out AirBnb do not even own the property and are subletting illegally to begin with. Imagine being a neighbor to one of those properties in a small Art Deco building, where countless travelers are filtering in every other weekend to stay there…you would complain as well.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Baloney.. the real reason this is happening is the Hotels are pressuring the politicians (that were paid off with political contributions).. Hotels don’t want competition, or occupancy rates to fall.

Anonymous
4 years ago

I work in hotel sales, and I can tell you first hand that Airbnb does not compete directly with Miami Beach Hotels…maybe the smaller ones, but luxury hotels do not cater to the same people who are on budgets and staying in AirBnb. Politicians also do not care about what smaller boutique hotels say because they do not bring in nearly enough as the larger, higher end properties do. You can call “baloney” but it is obvious you do not know what you are talking about. Sorry to disappoint, but there is no government conspiracy here. The media just likes to throw in the hotel pressure idea to stir the pot. Hotels compete with hotels, not backpackers staying in an airbnb.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Untrue – highly doubt backpackers can afford the villas going for thousands a night on AirBnB. Hotels are scared and it’s showing.

Anonymous
4 years ago

B.S. Hotels are attempting to protect and monopolize profits! Worrying about shortage of apartments is disingenuous.

MBNative
4 years ago

You are all right, the hotels are out to get you! Run while you can before they take over the government! Soon your own homes will be Ritz Carlton and you will be opening doors for the guests! The horror, the horror! Remember where most of this city’s revenue comes from, HOTELS.

ArchiLife
4 years ago

You do know what is happening in LA, San Fran, NY, etc right? Its not that disingenuous if there are other larger cities with it currently happening. I would say for once Miami is actually ahead of itself instead of waiting for something to happen.

Anonymous
4 years ago

These same Politicians that tried to kill Uber and Lyft to help keep taxi’s ripping off people.

Roger
4 years ago

Airbnb should operate only where short term rentals are legal. Is all fun and games until your neigboor starts renting his apartment daily and you have 10 guys in a 2 bedroom partying all night long. if you want to make extra money buy a apartment where you can lease daily. Last week cops were ALL over Euclid and 6th because someone rented via Airbnb and the owner of the apartment is a drug dealer. 3 am someone broke into the apartment looking for drug money and the people that rented the unit not only got their luggage stolen but they were kicked out the building because the association does not allowed short term rental.

david m
4 years ago

i actually stayed at an airbnb place right at euclid and 6th! i wonder if it was the same place!

Anonymous
4 years ago

Tyrants. Meddlers.

Anonymous
4 years ago

I’m calling B.S. on this.. too much government.. probably unconstitutional.

Yet Another Anonymous
4 years ago

Not “too much government”, too much CORRUPTION, and government owned by business. Huge difference. No tax Florida isn’t exactly government central.