LAKE GENEVA — A short-term rental property owner has pleaded not guilty to charges against her.
Cassandra K. Kordecki, 49, recently was issued two municipal citations for allegedly operating a tourist rooming house without a permit. The citations were issued Feb. 16 and Feb. 23.
Building and Zoning Administrator Fred Walling has said that this is the first time the city has issued citations against a property owner who has been suspected of operating a tourist rooming house without a license.
Kordecki was set to appear in Lake Geneva Municipal Court April 3. She did not make a courtroom appearance; however, Municipal Judge Henry Sibbing said Koredecki had pleaded not guilty in writing.
Municipal citations are administrative and not criminal in nature.
A pre-trial conference for Kordecki has been scheduled for 4 p.m. April 24. Sibbing said Kordecki has the option of meeting with City Attorney Dan Draper by phone or in person as part of the conference.
“We do it that way because it is convenient for people,” Sibbing said. “This is good for people who may live far away.”
According to court records, Kordecki has been asked to pay $243.50 for the Feb. 23 citation and $124 for the Feb. 16 citation. The maximum fine for operating a short-term rental property without a permit in Lake Geneva is $1,000 per violation.
The city adopted an ordinance last year outlining rules and regulations for short-term rental property owners. As part of the ordinance, such property owners must register with the city, obtain a city permit and obtain a tourist rental house license from the state.
The city also has established a $2,000 yearly fee for short-term rental property owners. Kordecki, in the past, has called the fee “outrageous,” because property owners are allowed to rent their homes for only 180 consecutive days each year.