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March 16, 2015

Think About It: Rental Recalibration

Accessory dwelling units and transient vacation units were topics of discussion last week at a Honolulu City Council meeting. Much testimony was heard about units connected to or within existing units and units that exist as separate entities on the same property. Questions about permits and fines and public listing of such units was also part of the discussion. The Council's Zoning and Planning Committee is now crafting its recommendation based on the facts and the emotions that have been presented.

At the end of the day, a definitive solution is needed, where grey areas are resolved and deleted. People using homes or secondary units as illegal vacation rentals should pay as any business owner should pay for running a business if such units are allowed. The Council should decide if it is going to encourage more of these units be used as rentals for local residents and not for visitors- both the ones in existence and the ones being built in the great resurrection of Kakaako. The Council is also considering public listings of rental addresses when units are advertised, which concerns some who fear reprisal from those opposed to the very existence of such units. 

Whatever the decisions are that come forward from the City, they need to be fairly and clearly elaborated on so that there are no more grey areas or shadow residences that are used to enrich owners, i.e. business people, while not complying with the laws, including tax and other business laws. Not everyone will be happy with the decisions reached, but we might finally have some clarity on what's permissible and what's fine-worthy in the murky world of vacation rentals and possibly more affordable housing on Oahu. Think about it…

 

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