Oahu Homeowners Push to Legalize Short-Term Vacation Rentals in Hawaii
(Honolulu, Hawaii) The city continues to regulate vacation rental laws, and after hearing from proponents on August 10, 2011, it was loud and clear that there are many Oahu residents who want to do away with Honolulu’s 1989 ban on new transient vacation rentals or bed and breakfasts.
The City and County of Honolulu’s Planning Commission heard an earful on Wednesday at a public hearing aimed at requiring vacation rental operators to include permit numbers on all advertising material—a proposal brought on by DPP. This will make it difficult for illegal rentals to generate extra cash in the industry and properly identify the homeowners who ARE licensed.
DPP’s proposal to require “all advertisement include operators’ permit numbers” sounds like a great idea. Seems it will also weed out illegal and financially abusive landlords. Since we are on the subject, I personally believe that the city should lift that stupid ban on short-term rentals in residential areas. We really do need income-producing opportunities in real estate. Why not come up with fair and just enforcing rules, instead of banning short-term Transient Vacation Units, or TVU’s? Why stop income-generating avenues, when there are visitors who are willing to live in our homes on a short-term basis?
Perhaps, we can get even get a shot at having President Obama and his family as our client. Wouldn’t it be great if he picked our property as his Winter White House, instead of vacationing in Kailua or Lanikai every year?
The Planning Commissioners need to understand that we are facing the worst economic times ever, with many of us out of jobs and/or experiencing slow business. Though the hearing was about blocking illegal operators, this is a great time to revisit legalizing short-term vacation rentals, don’t you think? That was the sentiment through phone calls that I received on my last blog titled, Is Hawaii Vacation Rental Law Hindering Homeowners from Making Quick Cash?
Hey, permitting with regulations IS a good thing. Many of you TVU landlords have a second shot at airing your opinion at the next round of hearings on August 24. Come up with solutions and present them to the Commission. Hopefully, Commissioners will take Wednesday’s testimonies seriously and make a recommendation to the City Council. It’s about time we revisit legalizing vacation rentals again.
So, my friends, plan ahead and fax your concerns in advance to Honolulu City Council Chairman, Ernie Martin, at (808)-768-1222. He believes that enforcement issues need to be tightened, and the more he hears from proponents of additional short-term TVU’s, the more he will understand that not every vacation rental owner is abusive. Let’s hope DPP Commissioners will consider sending the issue back to the Council this year. Perhaps council members will reconsider lifting the ban on residential short-term rentals.
Is it time to re-open and approve new short-term vacation rentals in the industry? With a doomed economy, I say YES to bringing light and a dang good shot in the arm in revitalizing Oahu’s residential visitor industry.
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