Honolulu mayor proposes bill to regulate short-term rentals

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

  1. harry oyama July 29, 2018 8:22 am Reply

    Why don’t mayor Chadwell rent out his historical home, since he hardly pays any property taxes on it? A hypercrite political weasel.

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