The State of Florida oversees all businesses operating within the state under regulations established in the state's code of laws, which is called the Florida Statutes. The Florida Statutes regulate all aspects of Miami accommodations, which are called "public lodging establishments" in the text of these laws.
Under the Florida Statutes, all Miami accommodations need to be registered at the state level and assess their guest’s sales taxes, which are then paid to the state. The law also requires that companies involved in Miami lodging rentals be properly licensed with the state. To enforce the laws for Miami lodging facilities, the State conducts regular inspections at rented properties. During inspections, state agents examine the interiors and exteriors of facilities to ensure that they are properly maintained and that rental rate information is being properly displayed. Of course the DBPR acts mainly on legal Miami lodging facilities, meaning for lodging that are properly licensed by the state.
Guests that are not satisfied with lodging rentals in Miami can complain to the Florida DBPR, the state authority that oversees Miami public establishments. Operators who receive an excessive amount of complaints that are not properly resolved face disciplinary action, including revocation of their licenses.
To learn more about public lodging establishments, please read the following in the Florida Statutes
Definitions.—As used in this chapter, the term:
(1)"Division" means the Division of Hotels and Restaurants of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
(2)"Operator" means the owner, licensee, proprietor, lessee, manager, assistant manager, or appointed agent of a public lodging establishment or public food service establishment.
(3)"Guest" means any patron, customer, tenant, lodger, boarder, or occupant of a public lodging establishment or public food service establishment.
(4)(a)"Public lodging establishment" includes a transient public lodging establishment as defined in subparagraph 1. and a nontransient public lodging establishment as defined in subparagraph 2.