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Jan 06 2020

Short-term Rentals

By Stephanie Braswell Edgerton for The Island Connection

New pages that provide detailed information on rentals have been added to the Town of Kiawah Island’s website. Property owners can now obtain information by viewing the rental location map, and a 24-hour hotline and online reporting form have been established to serve as resources for residents who want to report any problems.

The Town’s amended short-term rental ordinance became effective Jan. 1, 2020.

For example:

  • If you’re renting your property for less than 30 consecutive days, you need an annual rental business license for each property prior to advertising or renting, and the property must pass inspection for conformance to building codes.
  • A property that is rented for 14 days or less in total during a calendar year is not considered a short-term rental. Any property rented on a long-term lease basis (30 days or longer) must have a standard business license instead of an STR license.
  • Licenses are distributed on a firstcome, first-served basis. Licenses expire on Dec. 31 annually and must be renewed no later than Feb. 28 (Feb. 29 in a leap year) annually to avoid penalties. Existing STR license holders have first preference to renew annually to maintain their license, as long as the license is in good standing with the Town. To apply for a license, visit Portal/PortalController
  • As of Nov. 30, 2019, the number of available licenses remaining in the capped areas is 164.

The Town Council has voted to add code enforcement officers to patrol the island in the evening. The officers will focus primarily on STR compliance and respond to any complaints after hours. The town also added an STR compliance clerk position to help with compliance measures, accommodation taxes auditing and processing STR business licenses.


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