After a six hour hearing, a Miami-Dade judge has temporarily blocked Miami City’s government from punishing 3,000 Airbnb local hosts who are accused of illegally renting their homes for less than a month.
Airbnb’s dispute with the city came to a head last month following a City Hall hearing during which a number of hosts supporting Airbnb gave their names and addresses, and were told by the city they were breaking the law and had outed themselves. In response the hosts accused the city of violating their First Amendment rights in “persecuting” them. Under the same judge’s ruling, speakers will not be required to provide their names and addresses during future City Commission hearings. The city is appealing the judgement.