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1638 Sulphur Springs

The owners of this house on Sulphur Springs Avenue have agreed to pay the city $122,841 after allegedly operating an illegal short-term rental.

The operator of an alleged short-term rental on Sulphur Spring Avenue has agreed to cease operations and pay the city of St. Helena $122,841 in taxes, penalties and attorney’s fees.

The city issued a letter to the owners/managers of 1638 Sulphur Springs Ave. in April 2019 seeking to enforce a 2012 ordinance that prohibits short-term rentals of less than 30 days without a permit and requires operators to pay the same transient occupancy taxes as regular hotels.

In May, the owners/managers of the property entered into an interim stipulation with the city to discontinue any violations of the ordinance. The city announced the settlement agreement on Dec. 31.

The registered owners of the property are Lisa Giannone and Michael Francis Dillingham.

“The City is pleased with this short-term rental settlement,” said Mayor Geoff Ellsworth in a statement. “Coupled with review of all identified illegal short-term rentals, I believe the City continues to send a strong message to the community that we will not tolerate such commercial violations of the City’s laws. There are an established number of legal short-term rentals that the City recognizes.”

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