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    Short-Term Rental Operators Fight Back Against Greenville, South Carolina's Short-Term Rental Rules, Restrictions

    Greenville, South Carolina's crackdown on short-term rentals has prodded hosts to fight back in order to amend local ordinances. "There's a lot of people that just don't want [rentals] near them, but I don't think it's in the best interest of the city because the city's losing money," said Renee Chastain, whose Westbrook Hospitality company manages monthly and short-term rentals. "They're losing tax revenue, and they're losing potential revenue from people coming." Occupancy rates saw a slight shift in 2022, while short-term rental demand was up this year compared to 2021. If a property is not in a residential zoning district, Greenville has hotel/motel and bed & breakfast/inn visitor accommodations, and owners must have permits and a business license, as well as pay accommodations tax. Vacation rentals are only allowed to operate with a permit and a license in the city's non-residential zoning districts, and residential homes must be leased for a minimum of 30 days. South Carolina's government could pass a bill that would ban cities from prohibiting short-term rentals. "Unlicensed short-term rentals are problematic for the city because they have not gone through the proper permitting and licensing process, and they can have impacts on neighborhoods and surrounding property owners," said Greenville spokesperson Beth Brotherton.

    Greenville News (SC) (08/21/22) Macon Atkinson

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