[image-1] The City of Charleston is hosting a public meeting on the city’s short-term rental regulations on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the Charleston Museum.

The city’s short-term rental laws are less than a year old, and they’ve got some residents scratching their heads as to whether or not they can legally list their spare bedrooms on websites like Airbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway.

City staff from various departments will deliver a formal presentation. A public comment section will follow soon after.

“In 2018, after more than a year of public input, the city adopted new rules for short term rentals with three major goals in mind: protecting residential neighborhoods, preserving affordable housing and ensuring enforceability of the law,” said city planner Jacob Lindsey in a statement. “The purpose of this public meeting is to update our citizens on progress in each of these areas, and to gather additional feedback from residents as we continue to move forward with implementation and enforcement.”

The city hasn’t made any major changes to the short-term rental law, which was first enforced in July. As we reported last August, city staff is using an online service that assists in finding and rooting out illegal short-term rentals.

As it stands, residents must live in their properties full-time and remain on the premises while their homes are being rented. In downtown Charleston’s Old and Historic districts, homes must be listed on the National Register of Historic Places in order to qualify for a permit. Elsewhere in the city, homes must be at least 50 years old. [location-1]

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