April 06, 2020
Emergency Ordinance in Effect | Short-term Rentals
On March 30, Town Council passed an amended emergency ordinance regarding short-term rentals and the advertising of rentals. These emergency procedures regarding short-term rentals were adopted, effective immediately, and remain in effect until May 22, 2020, unless otherwise terminated, amended, or extended by Council:
- Starting on April 4, 2020 through May 15, 2020, no new short-term rental check-ins are permitted. This applies to all check-ins regardless of when the reservation was made. Guests currently checked in may remain. Homeowners making personal use of their property are exempt.
- Advertising of short-term rentals is prohibited for an occupancy commencing between March 25, 2020 through May 15, 2020. All online booking calendars must indicate that units are not available during that period. Short-term rental owners may continue to advertise for rentals commencing on or after May 16.
- Property managers must inform in writing all renters currently in residence or arriving prior to April 4, of the restrictions on social gathering guidelines and Governor McMaster’s Executive Order which requires self-quarantine for individuals entering South Carolina from high-risk areas with substantial community spread (states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and the City of New Orleans, Louisiana) for a period of fourteen (14) days.
Any property found in violation of the short-term rental provisions contained in this emergency ordinance (Municipal Code Ordinance Section 14-507), will be subject to fines or suspension of their rental license.
The full emergency ordinance is available here.