Explaining the fight between Airbnb and Miami-Dade municipalities
In an effort to crack down on Airbnb rentals in the city of Miami, Mayor Tomas Regalado on Thursday will ask the City Commission to approve a measure that would direct the city’s code compliance office to enforce a zoning opinion declaring short-term rentals illegal in residential neighborhoods.
Regalado said he also intends to push a new law that would create further restrictions on short-term rentals.
The mayor has been a vocal critic of Airbnb. Monday, he and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine held a news conference to talk about complaints they have received from homeowners associations about the negative impacts short-term renting can have on residents.
Airbnb has questioned whether Regalado has been influenced by campaign contributions from the hotel industry. Regalado responded that the home-sharing platform is desperate and is “trying to create something that doesn’t exist.”
The meeting starts at 9 a.m. at the City Commission chambers at 3500 Pan American Dr.