Friday, February 16, 2007

Bill to Control Maui Vacation Rentals Shelved

In today's Maui News, February 16th, the following article is of great interest to owners of Maui Vacation Rentals, but also to vacation rental owners in other parts of the world who are fighting similar battles with their city councils.

"WAILUKU – A long-debated bill to regulate vacation rentals was killed Thursday by the County Council Planning Committee, after committee members agreed the proposal on the table just didn’t have enough community support.
The proposed bill sought to establish standards and policies for vacation rentals and bed-and-breakfasts, and to clarify and streamline permitting procedures." Read More

Oahu vacation rental owners have been facing similar problems discussed in detail in New Hawaii Bills For Vacation Rentals. The good news is that for now the issue in Maui has been shelved, and they have decided that because some of the county districts such as Hana, Molokai and Lanai were disappointed because they did not get a chance to express their views on vacation rentals, that the next draft should accommodate their preferences as well.

The article ends on an encouraging note by David Dantes of the Maui Vacation Rental Association who agreed that the policy needs more study. He says "I'm hoping that in future discussions everyone can look at the issues and problems from one side." and further "We all want to be happy. We all want to live together, and we need to find ways of doing that."

We encourage your comments on this article. So for now Maui Vacation Rentals are alive and well!!


  1. I'm glad rental operators can go on for now, but it REALLY is time we come up with FAIR regulation for all operators to be able to do business freely. The bickering needs to end. I'm sure we can all agree on that much.

  2. The Honolulu Advertiser
    Posted on: Thursday, February 8, 2007

    Letters to the Editor



    With regard to the letter from Henry Eng, director, city Department of Planning and Permitting (Jan. 9): I would like to thank Mr. Eng for his conscientious efforts to resolve issues surrounding the vacation rentals on O'ahu. As a taxpayer who has to live with the increasing vigilante activity on the Windward side over a dysfunctional zoning ordinance, 1 1/2 years of waiting is long enough. It is time for you, Mr. Eng, to move forward or at least announce a deadline.

    You are forgetting those of us in the middle of this issue. We do not have a short-term rental and we are neutral toward them. We are the majority.

    Ever since B&B owners requested permitting, your department has dedicated countless work hours to the investigation of complaints by a few vocal residents who clearly want to shut down every vacation rental, one by one. You have neglected important DPP issues to appease them, and too much of our tax money is being wasted on these investigations.

    Let us get down to basics. It is time to form a workshop with reasonable people on O'ahu who want to update an archaic zoning problem.

    E.M. Litts

  3. Come on! if you are truly honest and have nothing to hide then what IS the problem, We all know that most TVA's dont pay a nickel in taxes - I personaly know several people who have em, hide em and get a real kick out of getting away with it.