Honolulu Just Extended Its Short-term Rental Policy — Here's How Long You Have to Stay
The Hawaiian city of Honolulu is cracking down on short-term rentals, requiring travelers to stay for at least three months to book one, according to reports.
The new bill, which was officially signed by the Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi changed the minimum stay from 30 days to three months, Hawaii News Now reported. The bill was passed earlier this month by the Honolulu City Council.
"Everybody saw this was the right thing to do," Blangiardi said at a news conference, adding that "this is about taking back our neighborhoods."
Beyond time requirements, short-term rentals will now only be allowed in certain places and mainly in resort-zoned areas of the island, including parts of Waikiki, Hawaii News Now reported. There are some exceptions in apartment-zoned areas that are close to resort areas.
Before the bill was passed, Airbnb raised issues over its potential effects, saying in a filing to the council shared with Travel + Leisure the company was "deeply concerned" by some of its provisions.
"We remain committed to advocating for sensible short-term rental policy that both allows our community to be compliant and supports the local tourism industry," the company wrote in its testimony, adding parts of the bill are "flawed and its implementation would be impermissible by state law."
The controversial bill has also sparked heated opinions from local stakeholders.
But not everyone agrees.
"Short-term rentals are disruptive to the character and fabric of our residential neighborhoods," Thomas Cestare of the Lanikai Association said in written testimony, according to the wire service.
The decision to limit home rentals in Honolulu comes just weeks after Hawaii ended its Safe Travels program, waiving all vaccination and testing requirements for domestic travelers and making it as easy to visit as pre-pandemic.
Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she's not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.