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Government Crackdown on Airbnb

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Will Page, President of Page Marketing Incorporated, joined Joe Kent to discuss the recent crackdown on Airbnb and short term rentals. The interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM, 96.7FM, Mondays on Maui at 7am.

In 1989, the City Council made the decision to stop giving permits for bed and breakfasts. Since then, every new bed and breakfast and short term vacation rental that has opened has been unregulated.

“There is no law in the state of Hawai’i against any type of short stay or bed and breakfast home.” Mr. Page started, “The state of Hawai’i is very clean with it, they say that anyone that operates this type of business needs to have a license.”

The City and County of Honolulu, on the other hand, recently hired five inspectors who are cracking down on short term rentals.

“Now they say they’re going to enforce the thirty year old law” Mr. Page continued, noting that fines will be levied against short term rental owners that may be violating zoning laws.

Listen to the full interview here:

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