Miami Beach is going too far by slapping a $20,000 fine on any property owner who rents his house or extra bedroom on a short-term basis.
So, too, is state Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, going too far in trying to ban cities and counties from placing any kind of restrictions on short-term vacation rentals, generally defined as less than six months.
Reasonable regulations are needed to prevent absentee landlords from renting residential properties to rowdy crowds every weekend. Neighbors shouldn’t be expected to endure a dozen cars parked out front, people urinating in the yard and high-decibel music late into the night.
But all or nothing is rarely the answer in public policy disputes, and so it is with the new sharing economy, in which people rent beds, cars, boats, bicycles, gowns and other goods via the internet. Just as Uber and Lyft disrupted the taxi business, so are home-sharing services like Airbnb and VRBO disrupting the hotel industry in Florida, particularly South Florida.
Business-wise, the playing field became more level last week when Airbnb agreed to collect the county hotel tax from Broward and Miami-Dade hosts who use its site. The agreement could mean as much as $1 million annually for Broward, […]