Charleston Co. revokes short-term rental permits for luxury treehouses on Wadmalaw Island

Charleston Co. revokes short-term rental permits for luxury treehouses on Wadmalaw Island
Charleston County has revoked short-term rental permits for a company’s luxury treehouses on Wadmalaw Island. (Source: Live 5 News)

WADMALAW ISLAND, S.C. (WCSC) - Charleston County has revoked short-term rental permits for a company’s luxury treehouses on Wadmalaw Island.

On Wednesday, the county’s zoning and planning department revoked permits for Bolt Tree Farm, LLC stating that the treehouses were not being used in a manner consistent with the zoning permits that were issued.

The structures involve four luxury treehouses on Maybank Highway.

In a letter addressed to Bolt Tree Farm, Charleston County Zoning and Planning Director Joel Evans said his department has received documents, information and complaints from citizens that the company is offering or providing structures for rent in excess of the allowable number of rental nights.

Bolt Tree Farm, LLC released the following statement:

"Despite assurances from the County that we would be given a fair opportunity to rebut the accusations made against us, the County took this action without providing any notice or the opportunity to tell our side of the story. If they would have followed through on what they promised, they would have learned that we are in compliance with the short-term rental ordinance and are committed to doing so in the future.

Unfortunately, it appears that misinformation disseminated on social media and political pressure has interfered with our right to due process. Contrary to what others may think, we are not developers, a large corporation, or a hotel. We are a young, newlywed couple with a dream of creating a tranquil nature retreat that provides a place for restoration, reconnection, digital detox, and quality time away from the busyness of modern life."

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