Beach commissioners take up ‘party homes’ - Miami Beach - MiamiHerald.com: "Promoters have been known to rent out fancy homes for loud parties that create traffic jams and bother neighbors. The city even has a special team of code compliance officers to deal with the problem of short-term rentals.
From 2012 to 2013, the team issued 189 notices of violations, according to a city memo on the matter. Of those, 81 percent were upheld at special master hearings. The city has found that 18.3 percent of those cases involve repeat offenders.
“One of the challenges faced by code staff has been the level of proof required by the special master; where the advertisement of the illegal short-term rental may only be used as part of the body of evidence to adjudicate illegal short-term rentals,” according to the memo.
Fines are heftiest when homes are rented out for commercial use, ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 for repeat violations. The new ordinance would prohibit a special master from waiving or amending the fines."