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City council considering bill to crackdown on short-term rentals in Honolulu

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City council considering bill to crackdown on short-term rentals in Honolulu

HONOLULU -- A bill before the Honolulu City Council would increase restrictions on rental homes and step up enforcement.

It's meant crack down on illegal vacation rentals but those currently following the rules say it would kill their income.

Maureen McKeague and her husband have been renting out their property in Lanikai for the last 15 years.

Both retired, it's their main source of income.

Under current rules they have to stay on the property while renting their space and renters have to stay for at least 30 days. With the new proposal being backed by Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangardi, the number of days required would shoot up at least 180 days. It would also restrict new rentals to only resort areas on the island.

Honolulu City Councilmember Esther Kia'aina who represents the windward O'ahu says she gets many complaints about people who are not following the current rules. She's in favor of the bill and says it addresses the big problem of enforcement by taking money from fines and using it to fund a team dedicated to cracking down on people violating short term rental laws.

The bill is expected to have its first reading at the Honolulu City Council this Wednesday.

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