Savannah short-term vacation rental rule challenged in court

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A Savannah property owner is challenging the city's attempt to block short-term vacation rentals in residential areas.

The Savannah Morning News reports ( ) Jason Combs is appealing to Chatham County Superior Court to operate a short-term rental from his duplex.

The city defines short-term as the rental of an entire dwelling for 30 days or less, limiting operations mostly to downtown. The ordinance does not address rental of a bedroom in an owner-occupied home.

Combs filed his court case after a zoning board denied his petition.

Previously, he petitioned to have his duplex rezoned to a classification allowing vacation rentals, but the City Council denied his request.

Savannah Assistant City Attorney Lester Johnson III argued in court Friday that the city has a right to restrict how property is used.


Information from: Savannah Morning News,