New Charleston short-term rental rules could result in fines of over $1000 a day and jail time

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One of South Carolina’s most popular destinations is imposing new rules for residents who use their homes for short-term rentals.

WCSC-TV reported Charleston is cracking down people who lack permits for offering rentals through Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway or other companies. The city is taking action after complaints that short-term renters use too many parking spaces and party late at night.

The rules taking effect Tuesday include fire marshal inspections, business licenses and other requirements. Breaking the rules can bring fines up to $1,087 a day, and 30 days in jail.

Dan Riccio with the city’s livability and tourism department says he’s hired three enforcement officers to focus full-time on short-term rentals. They’re equipped with software enabling them to track rentals in real time.