Enforcement begins Friday for Charleston's new short-term rental rules

The new short-term rental rules will be enforced starting Friday. (Source: Live 5)
The new short-term rental rules will be enforced starting Friday. (Source: Live 5)
Updated: Aug. 17, 2018 at 6:34 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Back in April, Charleston city council approved new short-term rental rules designed to cut down on the number of illegal rentals in the city. Starting Friday, those rules will be enforced.

Under the ordinance, property owners who want to rent out their homes will have to get a permit from the city and list the permit when advertising a rental.

Director of the city of Charleston's Livability and Tourism Department Dan Riccio has said previously that the city has hired three full-time code enforcement officers who will focus 100 percent on short-term rental enforcement

They will be equipped with real-time accurate information, thanks to a new software program the city plans to purchase that will scour and monitor all Air BNB and other rental sites.

Property owners who violate the rules can be fined up to $1087 a day, and face 30 days in jail.

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