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.