Law passed: No more Aloha to AIRBNB or Home Away tourists on Oahu

Honolulu delivered bad news for 4000-6000 illegal vacation rental units and homes on the Island of Oahu, to companies like  AIRBNB and for those tourists wanting to experience an authentic home-style stay on the Hawaiian Islands. It’s a big win for the hotel business, and in improvement to keep Honolulu’s neighborhoods residential and keep all the tourist fun in Waikiki.

After decades of indecision, the Honolulu City Council voted 9-0 to pass a measure tonight aimed at imposing tougher new regulations on vacation rentals while permitting less than two thousand new units.

Bill 89 (2018) would allow permits to be issued, for the first time in three decades, for up to about 1,715 additional bed-and-breakfast establishments (B&Bs), but no permits would be allowed for vacation rental homes (transient vacation units, or TVUs).

On Oahu, B&Bs and TVUs collectively are short-term rentals — leased to parties for less than 30 days.

The city stopped issuing permits for short-term rentals in 1989. There are currently 816 legal short-term rentals left on Oahu. But the city Department of Planning and Permitting estimates there are 6,000 to 8,000 illegal vacation rentals. The advent of online platforms where vacationers can find rentals has contributed to the growth.

Any property owner violating this new rule will pay a civil fine not to exceed $1,000.00 per day for each day in which the violation persists such fines can be as high as $25,000.00 per day and in some cases as much as $100,000.00 a day

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