Miami mayor wants more limits on Airbnb and home-sharing

Posted at 3:17 PM, Mar 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-20 15:17:51-04

MIAMI (AP) -- Airbnb and other home-sharing platforms face more restrictions in Miami.

The city's mayor said Monday that he wants to crack down on short-term rentals that generate complaints about parties and other noisy disruptions. Mayor Tomas Regalado said he plans to present city commissioners with an ordinance calling for more aggressive enforcement of regulations prohibiting rentals of single-family homes in residential areas.

Regalado said he also wants to approach homeowners in Miami's downtown condo buildings about creating similar restrictions.

Though popular with travelers and homeowners looking for extra money, Airbnb faces backlash from officials and hoteliers in major tourist destinations worldwide, including Miami Beach, which imposes up to $20,000 fines for illegal short-term rentals.

Airbnb spokesman Ben Breit said the company wants to work with Miami and Miami Beach on regulations that protect all homeowners.