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Longtime bed-and-breakfast opponent Don Bremner said he is behind a bogus rental agreement for City Council candidate Richard Turbin’s Haleiwa beach home.

Turbin said last week he had filed a police report and that the document was being circulated as part of a smear campaign against him. The bogus agreement indicated he was illegally renting out the home for a period of less than 30 days.

Bremner headed several groups that fought against the proliferation of bed-and-breakfasts when he lived in Kailua. He left Hawaii three years ago and now lives in Washington state.

Bremner said he used the pseudonym Jon Sturdivant to secure a reservation for Turbin’s beach house through a rental agent.

Bremner said the agent filled out a rental contract for the two-week period he requested, sent it to him and asked for a deposit.

Bremner said he then sent an e-mail to the agent canceling the reservation. He had no intention of renting the beach house, he says.

"The purpose (for the reservation) was to get at the truth of what some of these people are doing, whether they’re operating according to the law or not," he said.

A city ordinance prohibits landlords from renting out their homes or portions of the homes for periods of less than 30 days unless they have a bed-and-breakfast or transient vacation rental certificate.

Turbin does not have a certificate for either of his two rental properties, but says he does not rent them out for less than 30 days at a time.

He said the rental agent does not work for him, and had the agent presented the contract to him for a commission, he said he would have rejected it.

"That’s a dangerous thing for him to do, to use a pseudonym to do a false contract," Turbin said.

The contract was unsigned, but Bremner believes it is authentic and proves Turbin is violating the law because websites advertise his properties for rental periods of less than 30 days and because a rental agent was willing to rent the house for two weeks.

 

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