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Hawai‘i passes landmark legislation to rein in illegal short-term rentals

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Hawai‘i’s new legislation, signed by Gov. Josh Green, allows local governments to regulate short-term rentals, aiming to preserve community integrity and enhance affordable housing for hospitality workers.

WASHINGTON – Hawaii Gov. Josh Green signed into law landmark legislation (SB 2919) that grants local governments the power to regulate short-term rentals to meet the needs of their communities. This legislation will give localities the power to rein in short-term rentals that have taken over local communities and bring back affordable housing for hotel employees and other Hawaii residents.

The law ensures Hawaii counties have the authority to tax and regulate short-term rentals by the same standards as hotels, designate them as a non-residential use for zoning purposes, or restrict their operation.

“For too long, illegal short-term rentals have encroached into residential neighborhoods and put homeownership out of reach for hard-working families, including the thousands of Hawaii residents who work in hotels. AHLA has worked hand-in-hand with community partners and the government to support commonsense regulation that ensures hotel employees and all residents can afford to live where they work, and this critical law will help achieve that outcome,” said AHLA Interim President & CEO Kevin Carey.“We thank Gov. Green, Hawaii legislators, and our partners at the Hawaii Hotel Alliance, UNITE HERE Local 5, and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union Local 142 for their leadership in passing this important law.”

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