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Posted on: December 15, 2017

City Sues Operator of Short-Term Vacation Rentals

 

NEWS RELEASE

December 15, 2017

For Immediate Release

 

City Sues Operator of Short-Term Vacation Rentals

 

SAVANNAH, GA (December 15, 2017)— The City of Savannah has filed suit against Mark Dewitt and his company Ardsley Park Savannah, LLC for operating more than two dozen unlicensed Short-Term Vacation Rentals, or STVRs.

These defendants are believed to own the largest number of illegal vacation rental units managed by one operator in the City.  Between them, they advertise at least 26 unlicensed units on Airbnb.  At least 22 of these units, which are operated at addresses described in the complaint, are located throughout the central part of the City in zoning districts which do not allow vacation rental units.  The residences are scattered between E. 33rd St. and E. 65th St.

The City will seek temporary and permanent injunctions halting the illegal commercial uses in these residential neighborhoods, along with fines and attorney’s fees against the owners. 

The City of Savannah’s Zoning Ordinance prohibits STVRs in Zoning District R4 and Zoning District R6 where these properties are located.  The City contends  residents are harmed and will continue to be harmed by the defendants’ violations of the Zoning Ordinance.  The City also contends that the defendants have acted in bad faith by refusing to comply with the Zoning Ordinance and STVR Ordinance. 

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