Honolulu could tighten reins on short-term vacation rentals

HONOLULU — Honolulu officials are looking at new ways to regulate short-term vacation rentals in residential areas to address not only parking concerns but the need to create affordable, longer-term rentals.

A bill approved by the Honolulu City Council’s zoning and planning committee would force renters to pony up for a 90-day stay instead of the current 30-day minimum. The bill, which addresses concerns about short-term rentals in residential areas, especially Kailua, could go before the full council in April.

The bill would also ban tourists from parking on streets near their short-term rentals and require bed-and-breakfast owners to provide one off-street parking spot per bedroom, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports.

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