The city of Charleston filed a lawsuit Friday against the owner of a South of Broad home for using it as a vacation rental, which isn't allowed in that part of town.
The single-family home at 4 Atlantic St. is owned by Putters Investments, LLC of Illinois. In the lawsuit, the city said the firm has been using the property since at least January as a short-term rental, which has created "noise pollution, light pollution, theft, all-night parties and traffic congestion" in the neighborhood.
The complaint includes affidavits from nearby residents and one visitor, Joseph Boyland, who rented the home in May for a five-night stay for his daughter's graduation from the College of Charleston. Boyland said the total cost of the rental was $6,000.
"I was embarrassed and annoyed that our rental of the home was apparently unlawful, and seemed to upset the neighbors," Boyland said in the written statement.
While the city has a task force reevaluating its rules regarding short-term rentals, the law on the books now doesn't allow them outside the commercially zoned areas of the Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood.