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Maui considers amending vacation rental rules

WAILUKU >> Maui officials are looking to encourage residents who are illegally operating vacation rentals to go through the permitting process.

The Maui News reports a bill would allow a six-month grace period for residents who may otherwise have faced a five-year ban on renting their properties for not having gone through the county’s process, established in 2012.

The bill makes other adjustments, like increasing the number of vacation rentals that can be permitted in one area before an application is sent to the planning commission for approval. The goal is to reduce the burden on the commission, where vacation rental applications have taken up roughly a third of its agenda items since 2013.

Officials meet again Feb. 18 and discuss enforcement before the bill goes to the council for review.

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  • If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. The way the law was made makes it unpopular to obey. Like MJ, make it legal and profit from the taxes. Make laws that are easy to obey.

  • If the county already knows who the violators are, why give them a chance to come clean? Penalize them now and make an example out of them. Seems like the risk of operating an illegal vacation rental is more favorable when the county doesn’t do anything to enforce current rules.

  • There are 2 sides to the issue. After kids grow up and leave the nest, owners of large homes want keep their place for their kids. High taxes and expenses to maintain a large home is costly. Vacation rental is a way to supplement income for asset preservation? On the opposite side large hotels’ income is affected my competition from vacation renters.

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