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    Honolulu Restores Limits Under Short-Term Rental Law

    The City and County of Honolulu on Aug. 25 lifted its pause of a law mandating a 30-day minimum rental period on vacation rentals. The suspension was imposed in response to the anticipated need for emergency housing due to the wildfires on Maui, but a press release says there are now enough hotel rooms on Oahu to accommodate those needing housing. “While we remain ready to do anything and everything we can to support our suffering neighbors on Maui, in light of ample hotel space on Oahu, we are resuming in full force our efforts to terminate illegal short-term vacation rentals,” stated Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi. The Hawaii Fire Relief Housing Program was set up to help connect wildfire-affected Maui residents with property owners able to provide housing. “The people of Maui, devastated by this tragedy, still need our support,” declared Blangiardi. “I encourage those of you who can help to consider joining the state's program by converting short-term vacation rentals into long-term housing options for our Maui neighbors in need.”

    Honolulu Civil Beat (08/25/23) Alex Eichenstein

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