Judge sides with Airbnb in legal dispute with city of Miami

MIAMI (AP) — A judge is siding with the home-sharing platform Airbnb in its legal dispute with the city of Miami by issuing a preliminary ruling against the city’s ban.

Airbnb said in a news release that a Miami-Dade judge’s temporary restraining order Wednesday prevents the city from enforcing the short-term rental ban in residential neighborhoods. The decision says that the city is pre-empted by state law.

The order also says the city can’t force people to provide names and addressed when speaking at Miami City Commission meetings on the home-sharing issue.

Some Airbnb hosts felt threatened after speaking at a March 23 hearing.

At that meeting, commissioners voted to reaffirm zoning regulations prohibiting short-term rentals of single-family homes in Miami’s residential areas.

Airbnb says about 3,000 Miami homeowners use its platform.

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