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Transient vacation rentals allowed to resume operations with changes

By Staff | Jun 25, 2020

WAILUKU – Transient vacation rentals resumed operations with modifications beginning June 16 under the Governor’s Ninth Proclamation.

Gov. David Ige clarified to the counties that transient vacation rentals will be able to rent to travelers not subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

The proclamation allowed TVRs to resume operations the same day that the interisland travel quarantine was lifted by the state: June 16.

“The availability of transient vacation rentals will give greater choice and flexibility to Hawaii residents, who may want to visit family or shop in Maui County,” said Mayor Michael Victorino.

“Hotels and motels will continue to be allowed to house out-of-state visitors subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine. This includes certain condo-hotels and time-shares that operate like hotels and have the ability to effectively monitor quarantine requirements, thanks to its front desk, housekeeping and other full-time staff.

The governor’s proclamation includes host liability, which means that transient vacation rental owners may be subject to enforcement if they rent to individuals who are subject to the 14-day quarantine.

A conviction could include jail time of up to one year and a fine of up to $5,000).

Condominium units that are zoned hotel or that are on the short-term occupancy list, B&Bs and STRHs, could potentially rent to interisland travelers, residents and guests not subject to the 14-day quarantine, such as out-of-state guests who’ve completed their quarantine at a hotel. ?

Illegal transient vacation rentals continue to be disallowed and will be held responsible for violating county law and Public Health Emergency Rules, in addition to zoning violations.