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September 24, 2018

Think About It: Rental Rejection

The latest rejection of a possible short-term vacation rental bill proves once again just how difficult this entire situation is. Nothing new, as this issue has been debated for decades, and the situation has never been more obvious, as we now have, according to the Department of Planning & Permitting, 816 legally recognized bed and breakfast and transient vacation units, but an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 illegal vacation rentals.

 

Now I don't know about you, but I feel that any time that local officials know about 8,000 to 10,000 illegal anythings, something must be done, and it sure seems that 27 years is ample time to implement a policy that tightens things up and holds home owners accountable. After all, it was back in 1990 that the city of Honolulu stopped issuing permits in residential areas for B&Bs and vacation units in neighborhoods.

 

Not taking action on the Stairway to Heaven or the Waikiki Natatorium for decades is irresponsible, to say the least. But not figuring out a workable, reasonable tax base for still-illegal vacation rentals for over a generation is unfathomable- yet it goes on and on and on. There were arguments about TVUs vs. B&Bs, how rentals allow visitors a special experience and allow homeowners to make a few extra bucks. Some of these arguments are decades old and need to be considered. But no one should get a free ride- for 27 years. Elected and advisory officials, the time has come to work out this illegal rentals issue… actually, it came in 1991. Think about it…

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