More than 300 people attended the public meeting regarding a proposal to tighten the enforcement of laws in regards to Hawaii Vacation Rentals. The controversy has to do with unpermitted vacation rentals. Many are divided on the new proposed laws, as they say this will hurt their business.
A new city bill that is supported by the Carlisle administration would require vacation rentals on Oahu to list their permit number, address and tax map key in all of their advertisements.
The new proposed city ordinance would impose a fine on vacation rental owners of up to $1,000 if the permit number was not listed, and add on $1,000 – $2,000 a day for up to seven days after the owner is warned of the infraction.
There are many who oppose this bill. Those who do oppose the bill said that enforcement of this new bill would severely cripple an industry that brings in an estimated $65 million a year for the state. The same industry also provides over 1,000 jobs.
This seems to be a pretty touchy subject with many, as the new proposed law seems like it will do more harm than good. However, laws are laws, and these places do need to follow certain requirements that will ensure outsiders that their money is being used correctly.