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.
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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.”