Vacation rental citations coming, Mayor Caldwell says

STAR-ADVERTISER “Now we can use social media platforms to find out what you’re doing and to crack down.” Kirk Caldwell Honolulu mayor City officials Tuesday said they will be issuing notices to violators of the new vac­ation rental law, despite saying Monday that no notices had been issued due to a pending lawsuit. Kathy Sokugawa, acting director of the Department of Planning and Permitting, said the first violation notices could ...
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Vacation rental operators file suit against the city

BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM View of the dining area of a vacation rental home in Portlock. The Hawaii Vacation Rental Owners Association filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court today against the city over its new law prohibiting advertising of unpermitted short-term vacation rentals. Greg Kugle, attorney for the group also known as the Kokua Coalition, said in a press release that Ordinance 19-18 is unconstitutional because it violates rights guaranteed regarding illegal search and seizure, due process, ...
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Crackdown on Oahu vacation rentals could hurt tourism

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2004 Jessica Kuo, who owns a unit in the Waikiki Sunset that is rented as a hotel room by Aqua-Aston, said she was shocked when the hospitality company said it would not be managing her unit anymore. Oahu’s more restrictive short-term rental rules, which take effect today, have come to the attention of investors and economists who warn the county is in danger of not having enough lodging for visitor arrivals to continue to grow. “I have a ...
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City sends letters to illegal vacation rental owners warning of new fines

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu has sent approximately 5,000 “courtesy” letters to owners and operators of illegal vacation rentals warning them to stop advertising or face hefty fines. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday that violating the new ban on advertising short-term rentals could result in fines of up to $10,000 per day. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says everyone on the island of Oahu who may be operating an illegal vacation rental should be aware of the new law. The letter sent to ...
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Honolulu warns illegal vacation rental owners of new fines

HONOLULU — Honolulu has sent approximately 5,000 “courtesy” letters to owners and operators of illegal vacation rentals warning them to stop advertising or face hefty fines. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday that violating the new ban on advertising short-term rentals could result in fines of up to $10,000 per day. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says everyone on the island of Oahu who may be operating an illegal vacation rental should be aware of the new law. The letter sent to owners ...
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Hundreds of homeowners surprised to receive letters from city accusing them of short term renting

The city’s vacation rental crackdown goes into effect on Aug. 1, 2019. The new law makes it illegal to advertise short term rentals outside of resort areas (Koolina, Turtle Bay and Waikiki). Earlier this week, the city sent out 5,000 letters to homeowners they believed were short term renting to remind them of the new law. But it turns out, many of them were sent to people who have nothing to do with short term rentals or renting in general. “We’...
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City cracking down on illegal short-term vacation rentals

If you're running an illegal short-term vacation rental, pull your ads by August 1 or face city punishment. HONOLULU - In one week, starting August 1, a new law cracking down on illegal short-term vacation rentals takes effect on Oahu. It's an effort by the city and county of Honolulu to cut back on the number of bed and breakfasts - or vacation rentals - that have grown across many neighborhoods. The city already sent out 5,000 letters in the last couple of ...
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What Hawaii’s New B&B Laws and Regulations Mean for Travelers

If you’re planning to rent a B&B on Oahu past Aug. 1, you might want to read this. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES The regulation of unhosted, transient short-term vacation rentals has, for a while now, been a hot-button issue that could impact visitors as well as locals. The City & County of Honolulu has finally taken a side on this issue by promising to crackdown on the rentals, also known as illegal bed-and-breakfasts. And while the facts and fines ...
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Honolulu Sends Letters To Suspected Illegal Vacation Rental Operators

Catherine Cruz/HPR Notification letters have been sent out to 5,000 possible short-term vacation rental operators on Oahu. The letters are informing them they are in violation of new regulations that go into effect next week. Last month, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed Bill 89 into law. It restricts the operation of short-term vacation rentals on Oahu by limiting the number of permitted units, and implementing restrictions for online advertising. Starting next week, fines will be increased, un-hosted" rentals in non-resort areas ...
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Hawaii Vacation Applications Rise As Building Permits Fall

HILO, Hawaii — An increase in short-term vacation rental applications has been offset by a drop in building permits on Hawaii Island, officials said. Hawaii County processed 744 short-term vacation rental applications as of last week compared to 266 at the same point in June, West Hawaii Today reported Sunday. Records indicate only 1,600 building permits were issued between Jan. 1 and June 30 this year, a 28% ...
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