City cracked down on illegal advances on vacation rentals


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The city’s planning commission on Wednesday approved the city’s broad crackdown on illegal vacation rentals.

By a 6-1 vote, the committee passed the measure, which would eliminate thousands of short-term rentals in residential areas.

Officials said the bill was passed with the aim of freeing up more housing for local residents.

“These types of uses when they are outside of a resort area are becoming a cancer for our affordable housing stock,” said Nathaniel Kinney, commission member.

Other commissioners wanted more public comment before moving forward.

“I am not in favor of the bill. And I am in favor of greater community awareness, ”said Steven Lim, member of the commission.

Others expressed concerns about the impact on tourism, but voted to move the bill forward.

“This bill seems a bit draconian – excessive in some places – and going from 30 days to 180 days will be a challenge,” said Ken Hayashida, commissioner.

The bill redefines short term rentals from the current 30 days or less to 180 days or less. Industry executives have said it will destroy the legal vacation rental industry.

“It’s going to cost the city and county a lot of (general excise) taxes. It’s going to cost residents and small business owners their livelihoods, ”said Milo Spindt of Elite Pacific Property Management.

“But that will not produce any affordable housing. “

The bill is then submitted to the city council for further hearings.

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