City of Charleston cracking down on illegal short term rentals

Dorchester County News

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – The City of Charleston is now cracking down in illegal short term rentals and enforcing new city-wide regulations.

More than a thousand short term rentals have been removed online. Thirty-five property owners have been tried in livability court and 48 cases are pending.

Homeowners are weighing-in on the new ordinance and enforcement practices.

“Renting out a spare bedroom does not represent a significant problem to the City of Charleston and I feel it’s unfair to be treated like a whole house rental with increased taxes,” said one person at a community forum.

“I just want to say thank you, we have peace in our neighborhood,” said another who opposes short term rentals.

“I would like to implore you to revisit this process and look at making a special exceptions process.”

Right now, there are more than 1,600 active short term rentals in total – 1,300 of which are illegal.

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