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Honolulu City Council votes unanimously to pass bill imposing tougher regulations on vacation rentals

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Video by Craig T. Kojima.
The Honolulu City Council voted 9-0 to pass a measure Monday aimed at imposing tougher new regulations on vacation rentals while permitting less than two thousand new units. Bill 89 (2018) would allow permits to be issued, for the first time in three decades, for up to about 1,715 additional bed-and-breakfast establishments (B&Bs), but no permits would be allowed for vacation rental homes (transient vacation units, or TVUs). The Council also voted 7-2 to approve Bill 85 (2018), which would only impose tougher fines and new regulations.
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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

Terry Lodge testified Monday against the two bills on vacation rentals. Signs in back were held by pro-bill supporters. The City Council voted on Bills 85 and 89, putting moreenforcement on vacation rentals. More than 150 people signed up to testify before Council members.

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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

Council members Ann Kobayashi, left, Heidi Tsuneyoshi and Brandon Elefante listened Monday to testimonies.