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Don't delay short-term rental bill - Hawaii Editorials

There are 8 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jul 18, 2009, titled Don't delay short-term rental bill - Hawaii Editorials. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

The city placed a moratorium on short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods two decades ago, but the number of bed-and-breakfast units and brief rentals of entire houses has flourished.

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katz

Honolulu, HI

#1 Jul 18, 2009
The State should legalize short term rentals. They would be able to collect taxes from them. Tourist should have an option if they do not want to stay in Waikiki. Tourist usually cause much less trouble than long term renters in vacation homes. They only require one parking space as they usually only rent one car as opposed to local renters that have tons of friends over if you lived near the ocean or a desirable vacation spot. During the day the usually go site seeing. Which means they usually use the place for sleeping quarters. If they stay on the property, they just lie in the sun not causing much trouble. They usually don't have many friends at their vacation destinations. If the State were smart they would legalize thereby be able to collect taxes to support their budget. Where is the harm?
Flexo

Kula, HI

#2 Jul 18, 2009
katz wrote:
The State should legalize short term rentals. They would be able to collect taxes from them. Tourist should have an option if they do not want to stay in Waikiki. Tourist usually cause much less trouble than long term renters in vacation homes. They only require one parking space as they usually only rent one car as opposed to local renters that have tons of friends over if you lived near the ocean or a desirable vacation spot. During the day the usually go site seeing. Which means they usually use the place for sleeping quarters. If they stay on the property, they just lie in the sun not causing much trouble. They usually don't have many friends at their vacation destinations. If the State were smart they would legalize thereby be able to collect taxes to support their budget. Where is the harm?
Where is the harm? hmmm.
Could it be that 3000 homes have been taken out of the housing inventory that could be used by Hawaii renters. Or is it the carloads of people who show up next door on vacation and ready to let the good times roll while everyone else in the neighborhood needs to get up early to face the daily grind.
Those are a couple of reasons, I'm sure others can add more. And selling out just to collect a little in taxes is simply wrong.
UH Professor

Kula, HI

#3 Jul 18, 2009
Residential zoning should be for residences. These businesses are mini-hotels and do not belong in residential neighborhoods. They dramatically change the residential character of a neighborhood by removing neighbors with a revolving door of transients. A bill with stronger enforcement actions should be passed only. Allow these businesses in resort and commercial zoning only. The concerns of residents should be our priority.
katz

Honolulu, HI

#4 Jul 18, 2009
In reply to Flexo....
So if we did not have vacation rentals, would locals be able to afford these homes anyway? There are tons of home for sale everywhere. The vacation homes are in the most prime spots and would cost so much more than regular homes. Locals would have a hard time affording it. Should we just let them sit empty. Why? when the state could be earning tax dollars from them. Doesn't that make sense. Besides in this day and age, people are NOT making tons of money on vacation homes. They are just barely staying afloat. I still do not understand the difference between short and long term rentals. It's just a matter of length of time. Truly, mainland vacationers do not parties etc. they just come to see the island. It's the local renters that have the parties. Wise up State legalize and collect revenues. If people would stop being jealous, everybody can profit.
City Council Pitiful

Kaneohe, HI

#5 Jul 18, 2009
This editorial belongs on the Funnies Page. The City Council has no guts or willpower. To think that they will actually act on this is laughable, when they can simply keep postponing it. Someone on the council is no doubt getting payola for stalling this. That's the local way.
Mops

Kaneohe, HI

#6 Jul 18, 2009
In reply to UH professor: "They dramatically change the residential character of a neighborhood by removing neighbors with a revolving door of transients."
What is changing the residential character of neighborhoods are the drug houses - and the revolving door of sellers and buyers. Cars coming and going at all hours. Shouting obscenities. Frequent police visits.

I would rather have an entire street of vacation rentals than one neighbor as I described above.
The majority of the people who stay in homes instead of hotels have Hawaii ties -- have ohana here, used to live here,went to school here, are welcoming or bidding aloha to their military relatives.

If all the effort going into getting rid of vacation rentals was used to get rid of drugs in our neighborhoods - we would have a true community. Those against vacation rentals should join those in favor of them -- come together to get rid of the real scourge on our communities.
Kumo

Honolulu, HI

#7 Jul 18, 2009
katz wrote:
In reply to Flexo....
So if we did not have vacation rentals, would locals be able to afford these homes anyway? There are tons of home for sale everywhere. The vacation homes are in the most prime spots and would cost so much more than regular homes. Locals would have a hard time affording it. Should we just let them sit empty. Why? when the state could be earning tax dollars from them. Doesn't that make sense. Besides in this day and age, people are NOT making tons of money on vacation homes. They are just barely staying afloat. I still do not understand the difference between short and long term rentals. It's just a matter of length of time. Truly, mainland vacationers do not parties etc. they just come to see the island. It's the local renters that have the parties. Wise up State legalize and collect revenues. If people would stop being jealous, everybody can profit.
Your remarks remind me of Angie Larson, so-called queen bee of the illegal vacation rentals who made similar statements, claiming local residents are undesirable as neighbors. Angie Larson asserted local renters and their kids were over-crowding our schools and neighborhoods, diminishing her neighborhood.

This elitist and racist attitude has no place in Hawaii. Our residential neighborhoods should be for residences, not mini-hotels. If Angie Larson, Katz and all of the other illegal vacation rental operators want to live in a resort neighborhood, they should move to resort zone district.
Tutu

Kula, HI

#8 Jul 18, 2009
Mops wrote:
In reply to UH professor: "They dramatically change the residential character of a neighborhood by removing neighbors with a revolving door of transients."
What is changing the residential character of neighborhoods are the drug houses - and the revolving door of sellers and buyers. Cars coming and going at all hours. Shouting obscenities. Frequent police visits.
I would rather have an entire street of vacation rentals than one neighbor as I described above.
The majority of the people who stay in homes instead of hotels have Hawaii ties -- have ohana here, used to live here,went to school here, are welcoming or bidding aloha to their military relatives.
If all the effort going into getting rid of vacation rentals was used to get rid of drugs in our neighborhoods - we would have a true community. Those against vacation rentals should join those in favor of them -- come together to get rid of the real scourge on our communities.
Now dear, this sounds like you are just prejudice against locals. Perhaps you would be happier living in Waikiki over moving back to the mainland to be with your kind.

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