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    Hawaii Island Bill Seeks to Limit Number of Guests in Short-Term Vacation Rentals

    Heather Kimball and Ashley Kierkiewicz of the Hawaii County Council are sponsoring legislation that would require hosted vacation rentals to register with the county, similar to laws regulating “unhosted” short-term vacation rentals. A hosted transient rental is considered a property where an owner or manager lives on-site, and the unit is rented to an individual or group for less than 180 days. If the bill is adopted, transient rental operators would have to pay an initial registration fee and an annual renewal fee and comply with a host of rules, including a guest limit of no more than two adults per bedroom and an additional two adults for the unit as a whole. Individuals would be able to operate no more than one transient accommodation rental besides their principal home, unless they’re a licensed realtor. Feedback received on the proposed ordinance has been mixed so far, says Kimball.

    USA Today (01/02/23) Paula Dobbyn

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