Oahu's New AirBnB Regulations
Visitors look to Airbnbs, VRBO, and other sites as alternative lodging options for their Hawaiian vacations. For those looking to have the amenities of a home during their stay, or sometimes even looking to save a few bucks, you should know that Oahu has made a few addendums limiting their terms of accommodation.
The local government has passed a law requiring a minimum stay of 90 days, three times the previous requirement of 30 days; the purpose being to preserve and protect both Oahu’s communities and natural resources.
Oahu vacation rentals are only allowed in areas that have been zoned for resorts like Waikiki, Turtle Bay, Kahala, Ko Olina, Laie, Makaha, Kuilima, and select parts of Ewa Beach. According to Hawaii News Now, there are a limited number of exceptions in residential areas near resort zones where it is possible to get temporary accommodations.
Any advertisement of a rental that is not a registered short-term rental cannot display rates for any duration less than three-months and must include the following statement:
“This property may not be rented for less than 90 consecutive days. Rental prices will not be reduced or adjusted based on the number of days the rental is actually used or occupied.”
This City Council approved law was signed by Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi and is anticipated to come into effect October 23, 2022.
There are two types of short-term rentals that this law will apply to:
Bed & Breakfast Homes
The permanent resident, or homeowner, of the property is present during the visitors stay. A maximum of two rooms may be rented with a capacity of two adult occupants per room.
Transient Vacation Units
These are whole homes, or rentals without a host where visitors will have the property to themselves. Only two adult occupants are allowed per room.