The Department of Planning and Permitting has issued an update on their FAQ for transient vacation rentals (TVUs) under 30 days and for B&Bs.
Here are some highlights concerning STRs and how they apply at Waikiki Lanais:
- A STR under 30 days can only be advertised if it is in a resort area or if the owner has a nonconforming use certificate (NUC). Waikiki Lanais is not in a resort area (it is in the Apartment Precinct) and there are no NUCs issues to any owner. So, advertisements for STRs at Waikiki Lanais will be illegal beginning August 1st.
- Owners of units being advertised for under 30 days may be fined between $1000 and $10,000 per day that the ad appears.
- Vacation rental ads must specify a 30-day minimum and publish a monthly rate.
- Advertising for 30 days but actually renting for less than 30 days is still a violation of the law. Bogus “group contracts” will be a violation of the law.
- Lying to a city inspector, which many STR owners at Waikiki Lanais have done and have encouraged their “guests” to do, is now a criminal misdemeanor (House Bill No. 807, Act 114).
- Excuses about the property manager, the platform, or whatever else are not valid. The burden of proof falls on the owner of any unit being advertised or utilized as an illegal 30-day rental.