AirBnB; not in my back yard
Some areas of the county like Miami Beach will pay a different tax a they have a four percent resort tax and Bal Harbour has a three percent resort tax. So this will be added to the taxes sent in by AirBnB hosts.
County Commissioners need to approve this and the tax collection will then start in right away.
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine held a press converence Monday, they are both opposed to the whole idea of AirBnB.
AirBnB is one of those things where you love to use it when traveling, but you don't want it in your neighborhood, but you can't have it both ways.
One problem with AirBnB and places in the Grove like the Sonesta and Mutiny is that both of those locations have a situation where owners of units in each hotel/condo are able to rent out their units, but they would normally go through the hotel portion and they would split the fee that people paid to rent a unit. Now that is being by-passed by neighbors who go through AirBnB which only charges them a small percentage and is easier to navigate and use to advertise the properties.
I feel that Regalado and Levine are just going through the motions to appease the hotel industry, because I don't see how they can control it. People have been renting their properties out forever before there ever was an AirBnB and I don't think it will stop. Can the city regulate short term rentals? Can they regulate roommates or family members staying at locations for short periods of time? Other than rules placed by condo boards, I don't see how the city can stop people from renting locations out as short term rentals. Now as for Homestead Exemptions, I think that is quite easy to regulate. If a person is not living in the property full time, then of course, they would not receive a homestead exemption. AirBnB in this case would flush out people who are using the exemptions illegally simply by looking at their rental record. How often is the property rented out?
It's like Uber. This is the future.
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