HONOLULU — Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is proposing a bill that would allow homeowners to run bed-and-breakfast establishments in properties where they live, but ban nonowner transient vacation units in residential zones.
The Honolulu Standard-Examiner reports Caldwell hopes the bill will address the uptick in short-term rentals brought on by online platforms such as Airbnb.
Caldwell estimates that there about 10,000 short-term rentals on Oahu today, but only 800 are legal.
He hopes the bill will be fair to residents who are bothered by the impact short-term rentals have on their neighborhoods and homeowners who want a way to make extra money.
Transient vacation units are defined as dwellings rented out for less than 30 days while owners are away.
Bed-and-breakfast establishments are single-family homes rented out when owners are present.
Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com