September 8, 2016
If you were thinking of visiting Miami Beach and finding a cheap apartment through Airbnb, it won’t be easy: the city is cracking down on short-term rentals. The city has doled out $1.6 million (1.4 million euros) in fines against homeowners and websites like Airbnb, HomeAway and for listing or renting homes on a short-term basis. Police have even evicted tourists staying in 31 properties that had been the subject of fines, according to a recently disclosed memo from city manager Jimmy Morales. Rentals for periods of less than six months and a day are prohibited in much of Miami Beach, an island with an expansive beachfront, turquoise waters and a vibrant nightlife enjoyed by thousands of tourists a month. The authorities argue that regular residents are fed up with the round-the-clock partying at short-term rentals. And they contend that those who rent out the properties are nothing more than tax dodgers….