City of Miami beach enforcing zoning regulations to shut down airbnb rentals

According to a feature article in the travel section of the New York Times, the City of Miami Beach is now strongly enforcing zoning regulations to shut down Airbnb operations in those parts of the city zoned residential. 

Miami Beach has enacted some of the toughest rules to prevent the wide-spread proliferation of short-term rentals in residential areas. According to the Miami Beach government website, the following rules govern short-term renting in the city. 

Vacation/short-term rentals (less than six months and one day) have become popular alternatives to traditional hotels. However, pursuant to the Miami Beach City Code (Sec 142-1111) and City Code (Sec 142-905 (b)), vacation/short-term rentals are prohibited in all single-family homes and in many multi-family housing buildings in certain zoning districts of Miami Beach.

Approved vacation/short-term rentals have the proper authorization and zoning approval for this activity including a Business Tax Receipt and Resort Tax account. Pursuant to the Miami Beach City Code (Sec 102-386) vacation/short-term rentals that are permitted in certain zoning districts of Miami Beach shall provide and conspicuously display the City-issued Business Tax Receipt number and the Resort Tax certificate number in every advertisement or listing of any type in connection with the rental of the residential property.

Violations are punishable with a fine of $20,000 for a first-time offense. Subsequent offenses receive significantly higher fines. 

 

Source: New York Times – Sunday, March 17 2019