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Miami-Dade Has Hundreds Of Illegal Airbnbs. Now County Wants To Water Down Rules.

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CHARLIE ORTEGA GUIFARRO
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MIAMI HERALD
Dubbed the Mango House for the tree in the backyard, this Airbnb listing in unincorporated Miami Dade that launched in May near the University of Miami is one of only 69 registered with the county.

Miami-Dade County is considering loosening restrictions on short-term rental companies even as hundreds of home hotels operate within its limits illegally.

On Wednesday, the board of county commissioners will weigh amendments to a 2017 ordinance that will strip down the regulations for short-term rentals in unincorporated Miami-Dade by letting companies off the hook for allowing unregistered rentals to persist on their sites. The ordinance is the result of a two-year negotiation between the most prominent short-term rental company, Airbnb, and Miami-Dade County about how best to regulate the booming home hospitality business.

“We want everyone to be registered, compliant and educated,” said Lourdes Gomez, deputy director of the county’s Regulatory and Economic Resources Department, which oversees zoning and permitting. “We are happy to have the cooperation of these platforms.”

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.