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An owner of an Atlantic Street home near the Battery is being sued by the city for violating the short-term rental rules. Matthew Fortner/Staff/File

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. 

Reach Abigail Darlington at 843-937-5906 and follow her on Twitter @A_Big_Gail.

Abigail Darlington is a local government reporter focusing primarily on the City of Charleston. She previously covered local arts & entertainment, technology, innovation, tourism and retail for the Post and Courier.