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    Neighbors Fighting Neighbors? A 30-Day Minimum Law for Airbnbs Has Oahu Homeowners Split

    A new ordinance in Hawaii stipulates that travelers wishing to stay in Airbnbs away from the tourist-heavy areas of Oahu cannot book stays of fewer than 30 days. Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi's proposed 90-day minimum stay mandate was rejected by a U.S. District Court Judge, who determined that 30-day rentals are not just for travelers but traveling nurses, locals who are transitioning housing, and other transient guests. However, five neighborhood organizations backing the ordinance filed a motion to intervene in the case seeking to appeal the injunction. They declared in a joint statement: "We believe these lodging businesses when located in residential zoning reduce residential housing supply, drive-up property values and long-term rental rates; promote tourism sprawl and resident discontent; alter the residential character and ambiance of neighborhoods and communities; compromise neighbors' safety and security; and contradict Oahu's General Plan." Meanwhile, many guests are furious about the new law, which has interrupted their vacation plans. Homeowners who converted their property to Airbnbs also feel they are being treated unfairly.

    USA Today (11/07/22) Kathleen Wong

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