Advocacy Updates

What is a Short-Term Rental?

To help HBR members and owners of rental properties, here is how the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP), defines short-term rentals (STRs).

STRs are also known as vacation rentals and are lodgings that provide guest accommodation for less than 30 consecutive days.

In order to preserve housing for long-term residents, STRs are only permitted in resort-zoned areas and a couple of specific apartment-zoned areas

There are two types of STRs:

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2023 City Council Committee Assignments

The Honolulu City Council’s 2023 Committee Assignments are available below. With more than 35 bills pending the Council Floor that may impact key industry issues including affordable housing, real property taxes, zoning, land use, and sea level rise HBR’s City Affairs Committee will be working diligently with each of the Council members and DPP to ensure the voice of REALTORS® is heard. 

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Ordinance 22-7 on Short-Term Rentals

Stay tuned - HBR will post a statement on Ordinance 22-7 on Short-Term Rentals soon.

Guidance for City Ordinance 22-6 Relating to Short-Term Rentals

Information updated: 08/04/2022

Effective March 28, 2022, sellers are obligated to disclose to the buyer whether or not the residential property being sold may be used legally as a short-term rental.

HBR’s General Counsel has prepared an informational bulletin that summarizes:

  1. key elements of Ordinance 22-6
  2. requirements for new DPP Short-term Rental Disclosure form, including evidence documents and time periods for disclosing to the buyer in relation to execution of the purchase contract and submitting copies of the documents to DPP following closing of the sale
    1. When Box 2 of disclosure form is checked
      Per clarification received from DPP, if a seller checks Box 2 (to disclose the operation of an STR is not a legal use for the property being sold), then DPP does not need to receive the form; the seller should only provide the disclosure form to the buyer.
  3. Q&A, guidelines, and considerations for implementing Ordinance 22-6 -- Updated 05/02/2022

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