In 2016, the city of Miami Beach enacted rules that placed substantial fines on illegal short-term rentals. Penalties jumped from $1,500 to $20,000 for a first infraction, with an additional $10,000 for each subsequent infraction, up to a maximum of $100,000. The fines are reportedly the highest in the nation, although Alemán defends them: a beachside mansion might be rented for several thousand dollars per night, she argues, so the lower fines “became just a cost of doing business” for some operators. She says the penalty “was not irrational.” The fine increase escalated into an outlandish fight between the Miami Beach government, the state, and Airbnb. The company ran an ad accusing the mayor of hurting middle-class families. The mayor personally paid for floating billboards accusing Airbnb of currying favor in Tallahassee, the state’s capital. The city moved to fine the platforms directly, rather than the property owners. State legislators, meanwhile, have been considering legislation that would restrict cities’ ability to regulate home-sharing and threaten the new rules passed by Miami Beach. Get the full story at The Verge