Special to the Post and Courier
Like other coastal communities, Kiawah Island implemented a ban on short-term rentals at the beginning of the pandemic. When that prohibition was lifted in mid-May, rental property managers at Akers Ellis Real Estate and Rentals were among those wondering how quickly the island’s vacation market would bounce back—if it did at all.
Their fears turned out to be unfounded. “Kiawah went from zero to 100 miles per hour,” said Jerald Hucks, chief operating officer at Akers Ellis. “We were practically nonstop. We even saw our average length of stay increase.”
It was emblematic of a Charleston-area property management industry that’s remained robust despite the challenges presented in