Miami Beach receives the BAN Award for insane penalties and criminal charges for home-sharing


The City of Miami Beach, Florida receives the November 2018 BAN Award for passing some of the harshest penalties and regulations on home-sharing in the country, threatening fines starting at $1,000 on the first offense and criminal charges as a third strike.

The law also forces online platforms to collect significant business and tax information on every home or apartment who wish to offer short-term rentals to tourists.
“Miami Beach’s draconian laws on home-sharing are nothing more than a protection racket for the hotel industry,” said Consumer Choice Center deputy director Yaël Ossowski.

“By passing the harshest penalties and regulations in the country – even up to criminal charges on the third offense – Miami Beach has teamed up with the hotel lobby to protect profits at the expense of hundreds of thousands of tourists and consumers who would otherwise use home-sharing to enjoy the beaches of southern Florida,” said Ossowski.

“There is an argument to be made about the responsible use of platforms such as Airbnb, HomeAway, and Home Exchange by homeowners, but the severity of these penalties far exceeds any perceived harm found in these communities.

“If Miami Beach keeps these rules, they are effectively banning innovation in tourism and housing and forcing consumers to only use hotels, as the costs, fees, and regulations for maintaining a home share are far too high to make sense for the average homeowner,” said Ossowski.

À propos du prix BAN :

Chaque mois, le Consumer Choice Center récompense une institution, une personne ou une organisation avec le Bureau of Nannyism ou le court BAN Award. Les prix BAN récompensent le travail d'un individu ou d'une organisation qui a apporté une contribution majeure à la défense des limites au choix des consommateurs. Ce prix sert à reconnaître les capacités extraordinaires à ne pas tenir compte des consommateurs et des politiques publiques fondées sur des preuves. Le prix a été créé par le Consumer Choice Center pour attirer l'attention sur le rôle important que jouent les politiciens, les lobbies et les défenseurs pour limiter le choix des consommateurs et les ignorer dans le processus d'élaboration des politiques.

Selection criteria: The Bureau of Nannyism (BAN) is a group of consumer choice advocates that discuss nominations on a monthly base and award the nominee with the most innovative or most blunt actions against consumer choice with the BAN award.

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