AirBNB has teamed up with 5 other Miami homeowners to sue the city and Mayor Tomas Regalado. A lawsuit by AirBNB, Yamile Bell, Toya Bowles, Gary Levin, Ana Rubio and Kenneth Tobin was filed last week to stop Miami from enforcing bans and fines on short-term rentals in the city. The discrepancy between AirBNB, AirBNB hosts and the city of Miami has heated up in recent months as homeowners essentially "outted" themselves while defending their rights at a City Commission meeting last month, only to find out that the city would directly target and pursue them based on their disclosure at the meeting. AirBNB has target Miami as the state of Florida passed legislature in 2011 which prohibits cities and counties from enacting ordinances that prohibit and/ or regulate vacation rentals. They have even go so far as to state the day, August 11, 2015, in which the city officially violated state ordinance, breaking state law.
“The city is now acting to make good on those threats, Airbnb stands together with its Miami hosts in opposing the city’s unlawful efforts, and in particular stands with the brave individuals who have come forward and seek to protect their rights.” claims the lawsuit, which was filed by Mitchell Berger, a Fort Lauderdale-based constitutional lawyer who has previously worked for Al Gore.