Friday, July 06, 2018

Short-Term Rental Ban Does Not Burden Rabbi's Religious Freedom

According to today's Savannah Morning News, a Savannah, Georgia state trial court judge has upheld against a religious freedom challenge Savannah's city ordinance prohibiting short-term vacation rentals in certain areas of the city.  Rabbi Arnold Belzer and his wife claim that they were acting in accordance with Jewish scripture and the tradition of hospitality in opening one bedroom in their home to guests from all over the world. The space was listed on Airbnb. The court, in ruling on a motion for a preliminary injunction, held that the zoning ordinance is not a substantial burden on the Belzers' religious freedom.