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Hawaii passes new legislation for short-term rentals

Hawaii passes new legislation for short-term rentals

Hawaii has passed a new law to rein in illegal short-term rentals

The government of the US state has decided that for "too long", residential neighbourhoods have been impeded by the concept of short-lets for tourists and are now hoping that the new legislation - set out with the American Hotel and Lodging Association - will provide those who work in the accommodation industry with the chance to be able to "afford to live" on what they are paid.

AHLA Interim President and CEO Kevin Carey, said: "For too long, illegal short-term rentals have encroached into residential neighborhoods and put homeownership out of reach for hard-working families, including the thousands of Hawai‘i residents who work in hotels. AHLA has worked hand-in-hand with community partners and the government to support commonsense regulation that ensures hotel employees and all residents can afford to live where they work, and this critical law will help achieve that outcome."

The tourist boss was also quick to thank legislators for putting the new law in place.

He added: "We thank Gov. Green, Hawai‘i legislators, and our partners at the Hawai‘i Hotel Alliance, UNITE HERE Local 5, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142 for their leadership in passing this important law.

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