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Guess which city has the strictest Airbnb laws

Dec 5, 2016
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There's a showdown in Europe that involves housing.

Simply put: There's a shortage of affordable places to live. Especially places to rent.

Residents put some of the blame for that on home-sharing websites like Airbnb. They say these sites allow landlords to fill their apartments with lucrative short-term rentals instead of more affordable long-term ones.

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The federal government is giving cities some new guidance on how far they can go in regulating sober homes.

The Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development issued the joint statement Thursday.

It gives local governments some legal wiggle room to oversee group housing for recovering addicts on a case-by-case basis.

For example, many cities bar more than three unrelated people from living in a single-family home. But sober homes are often given an exemption to that rule because the occupants are considered to be disabled and are protected by federal law.

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Can the city of Miami sue big banks that issued its residents predatory housing loans?

That question landed lawyers for the city of Miami in front of the Unites States Supreme Court Tuesday, making their case that before the Great Recession banks gave predatory loans to black and Latino residents in violation of the Fair Housing Act, costing the city money.

South Florida was one of the hardest hit areas during the recession and Miami wants to recoup some of its losses, filing suit in 2013.

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Through all the tawdry talk, accusations and innuendo during this election American voters have been consistent in saying the economy is their big issue.

 

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, which includes South Florida in its territory, quizzed 200 companies throughout the region. One out of three of them said the election was having an effect on their business decisions such as investing in their companies or hiring new workers.

 

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The residents at the Little Farm  trailer park in the Village of El Portal do not have to move out just yet.

 

Wealthy Delight LLC,  the new owners of the property,  gave residents a February deadline to move out.  The land is going to be redeveloped for a yet-to-be-determined project.

Residents recently found out that the February deadline had been extended for three months as a result of a pending lawsuit.

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The Village of El Portal violated a state law when it failed to study whether adequate housing was available for residents of a mobile home park it plans to shut down.

In an opinion from the state Third District Court of Appeal, the court found that  the village took official action to close the Little Farm mobile home park when it approved a settlement agreement with the property’ owner,  Wealthy Delight LLC.

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The Chapman Partnership houses 500 people at its homeless shelter in downtown Miami.

In recent days, several clients living at the shelter have come forward to complain about what they call a prolific bed bug infestation.

Yoanne Eduardo, a resident at the shelter, rolled up her jeans to reveal three large red bumps on her right leg. She also has similar bumps on her back.

“I have marks all over my body,” she said. “I got them since I been there. It’s constantly itching.”

Eduardo lives at the shelter with her 9-year-old son and month-old baby.

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UPDATE:

Clemencia Charles was able to stay in her trailer home after filing for bankruptcy. During the bankruptcy proceedings Wealthy Delight and Charles agreed she owed $980 in back rent. 

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Clemencia Charles had just left a prayer meeting at her church. She waited for everyone to leave for the night, including the pastor. Then she returned to sleep outside on the floor.

“I didn’t tell anyone what I was going through,” she said. “I prayed and went to sleep."

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Residents of the Little Farm trailer park filed into El Portal Village Hall for a meeting Monday on how to find affordable housing options and other resources to move out.

The trailer park was sold earlier this year to Wealthy Delight’s LLC, a Coral Gables-based company. The new landowner gave residents a February deadline to leave the property.

Yolande Dorce, a 30-year resident of the trailer park, said she pays $450 a month to lease the land. She owns her trailer outright, but it can’t be moved and will likely be demolished.

A new report by federal investigators says Florida has consistently underperformed other states in using federal mortgage assistance money to help desperate homeowners facing foreclosure.

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Twelve-year old Abigail Alexandre lives in a cozy peach trailer in the Village of El Portal. 

Abigail, like many of the tenants left at the Little Farm trailer park at 8500 Biscayne Boulevard, is afraid she’s going to lose her home.

“My biggest worries are finding a new house and the problems of getting the money because my dad is the only one working,” she said.

Little Farm is one of the only places poor families can afford to live in the upper middle class neighborhood

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Between a neighbor's leaf blower and planes overhead taking off from Miami International Airport, it's hard to hear Jorge Artiles describe the home on Northwest 34th Street.

When the Lime Grove subdivision in Key West was created in 1941, the legal document laying out the lots included some restrictions.

One of them says this: "No race or nationality, other than those of the Caucasian race, shall use or occupy any building or any lot." The restriction makes an exception for domestic servants.

The U.S. Supreme Court outlawed such discriminatory rules in 1948 and it has not been enforced. But it's still on the books.

Property Tax Season Is Upon Us

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Property owners in Miami-Dade County can expect some mail in the next few days -- the annual Notices of Proposed Property Taxes, also known as TRIM Notices, have been sent out.

Before anyone starts to groan, note that this letter could contain some good news as well.

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It would have been tough to beat June’s housing numbers, a month when Miami-Dade County set an all-time record for single-family home sales.

While South Florida as a whole saw a slight drop compared to June, July’s sales were still about 14-percent higher than July last year, according to a report from Florida Realtors.

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