Illegal short-term vacation rentals are a growing problem in Hawaii.
They degrade residential neighborhoods, create shortages of long-term rentals and force up the rent on those properties still on the long-term rental market.
Thank you to everyone who submitted testimony to oppose HB1850! 84 people submitted testimony opposing the bill because illegal vacation rentals destroy affordable housing and our neighborhoods. The House Finance Committee hearing was heavily attended by people opposing the bill. Despite that, HB1850 passed with amendments. Once again, our politicians aren’t listening to us.
I OPPOSE HB1850 because:
- it would allow companies like Airbnb to collect and remit taxes without any way of verifying that the amount they remit is anywhere near what the vacation rental owners owe;
- it doesn’t hold companies like Airbnb responsible for making sure these vacation rental listings are legal or illegal;
Illegal vacation rentals are a growing problem in our state, and this bill does nothing to fix it. They’re a problem not just because they aren’t paying their fair share of taxes, but also because:
- Illegal vacation rentals take away affordable housing for local people;
- Illegal vacation rentals hurt our economy by directly competing with full-service hotels that provide good, local jobs;
- Illegal vacation rentals are essentially illegal hotel operations in our own backyards. This impacts safety, parking, and the overall character of our neighborhoods.
- Contact your State Representative and Senator and tell them you OPPOSE HB1850 and SB2693 SD1.
- To find out who your Representative and Senator, visit the State Capitol website: http://capitol.hawaii.gov/. On the top-right corner, enter your street name next to “Find Your Legislator.”
- Contact these legislators as well and tell them you OPPOSE HB1850 and SB2693 SD1:
- You can still submit late testimony! To submit testimony, sign in at capitol.hawaii.gov, click on Submit Testimony and enter the bill number (HB1850 and SB2693). You can submit full written testimony or fill out the web form with comments.
To submit testimony, sign in at capitol.hawaii.gov, click on Submit Testimony and enter the bill number (HB1850). You can submit full written testimony, fill out the web form with comments, or testify in person. Don’t have an account? Email FINtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov with your support.