At the beginning of last week, the room-sharing company Airbnb seemed to have a good relationship with the City of Miami — more harmonious than Miami Beach, where city officials have passed an ever-increasing series of restrictions on short-term rentals.
But then City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado last week proposed an ordinance cracking down on Airbnb-style “vacation” rentals. Regalado’s new law would ban short-term rentals in roughly two-thirds of the city. It would also subject any Airbnb, Homeaway, or other temporary home rentals in the remaining third to some fairly strict licensing requirements.
“We thought we were sitting at the table with the city,” Airbnb spokesman Ben Breit says. “But now it’s like we ducked out to the bathroom for a second and came back to find that the table is now gone.”
Regalado did not immediately respond to New Times’ call seeking comment. The item had originally been slated for the City Commission’s February 23 meeting, but has since been pulled from the agenda.