Thursday, November 30, 2006

Is Your Hawaii Vacation Rental Legal?

Neighborhood vacation home rentals and bed and breakfast accommodations are notoriously unpopular with Hawaii's property owners and residents. Most locals in Hawaii want to protect their neighborhoods from tourism development and restrict visitor accommodations to certain areas, in order to preserve the unique culture and lifestyle of Hawaii. There are many unlicensed accommodations in Hawaii, and it is a source of conflict between the owners of those accommodations and local communities. A group of concerned citizens on Oahu have created an organization called the BnB Coalition, a group focused on encouraging Hawaii visitors to stay only at hotels and legally licensed vacation rentals and B&B establishments. The organization's Web site includes tips for identifying illegal accommodations, tricks booking agents often use to convince you there is no legal issue, what the government of Hawaii says about illegal accommodations, and other information.

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