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Former Redington Shores Mayor sues city over short-term rental law

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Jay Beyrouti

A past mayor of Redington Shores and several other property owners are suing the city over what they claim is an unconstitutional town law regulating short-term rentals.

The ordinance in question prohibits properties to be rented for less than a month throughout the town.

Former Redington Shores Mayor Jay Beyrouti claims to have been renting his property on a short-term basis for the past 10 years. Other property owners in the suit have also rented short-term since 1982. They haven’t had any pushback from the town until now.

The suit, filed with Beyrouti and six other short term rental property owners as the plaintiffs, seeks the seven short-term rental properties grandfathered in.

The Town of Redington Shores is being sued on four counts for declaratory and injunctive relief.

On Nov. 17, 2016, six of the property owners each received a notice of violation stating they were in violation of multiple town codes. They were served with a notice of hearing Nov. 28. The hearings were set for Dec. 13.

Edward and Cheryl King have a short-term rental property in Redington Shores. They were the first to receive a notice. On May 18, 2016, they were notified they had violated the town laws. They had a hearing July 18 and Nov. 17, they were notified of another hearing for Dec. 13.

Each of the plaintiffs claim to have obtained all permits required and have kept their properties up to code.

After providing documentation showing the properties had been short-term rentals before 2008, the town declared that short-term rentals were illegal since 1981. The suit declares the 1981 ordinance “too vague.”

One property owner claims that before it purchased its Redington Shores property in 1982, it inquired about the legality of short-term rentals. The only requirement given was that it obtained necessary permits.

All the properties have paid sales taxes and tourist development taxes on the rent they earned, the town acquired the benefit.

 

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