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Oahu's new vacation rental law takes effect 8-1-2019
City and County of Honolulu illegal vacation rentals law effective August 1, 2019
Bill 89 was adopted by the City Council on June 17 and signed into law as Ordinance 19-18 by Mayor Kirk Caldwell on June 25, 2019.
The new ordinance:
Allows a limited number of new Bed and Breakfast Homes (B&B) in non-resort areas under a new registration process, with annual renewal required. Continues to prohibit Transient Vacation Units, or “unhosted” rentals, in non-resort areas, unless the dwelling has a Nonconforming Use Certificate (NUC). Regulates hosting platforms, such as Expedia or Airbnb, requiring monthly reports to be filed with the Department of Planning and Permitting, which will share the information with City Council. Makes illegal any form of advertising short-term rentals which are not in compliance with zoning regulations as provided in Ord. 19-18. Owners of properties involved in illegal advertising will be notified, and if advertisements ar taken down in 7 days, no fine will be imposed for a first offense. If not taken down within this deadline, fines of between $1,000 and $10,000 can be imposed for each day the advertisement remains on display.
For City and County of Honolulu purposes, a short-term rental is a rental for less than ... more
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