Welcome to the website of Rental by Owner Awareness Association
We are a Hawaii non-profit organization of property owners who have banded together to educate the public, property owners, and the legislature about "rental by owner" and to protect the rights of property owners. Our officers and committee members serve on a volunteer basis.
On our website, you will find a wealth of information that will help you to understand what we do and the issues that are important for owners to understand.
We invite you to participate with us and volunteer your time to assist us in the many activities in which we are engaged to protect the rights of property owners. Your annual membership fees and donations allow us to carry on our activities, to hire attorneys to advise us and to hire lobbyists to represent us to the Hawaiian legislature.
Please consider joining us or renewing your membership now.
- Property ownership in the Hawaiian Islands
- Compliance with state and county laws including taxation collection and remittance and county bylaws.
The cost for membership is $100.00 annually
Update on the 2015 Hawaii Legislative Session
In January, we faced almost a dozen bills which could have impacted our transient vacation rentals. In the end, only one survived -- SB519 – which became Act 204. We discuss it below.
SB519 SD2 HD3 CD1 (“SB519”) is now Act 204
On July 2, Governor Ige signed SB519 into law and is now known as Act 204. Generally, this bill covers Local Contacts, Advertising and Tax Compliance for Transient Rentals. The latest version of the bill was posted on the legislative website Saturday, May 2, and can be accessed through this link: SB519 CD1.htm
This is a very good outcome for RBOAA members and all those who own or own and operate rental accommodations in Hawaii. There is no doubt that we would be in a very different place, and a very disadvantageous place, had it not been for all the efforts of the RBOAA membership. We banded together and made strong, passionate and logical arguments to the Legislators.
Please note that this bill replaces Act 326 which ceases to have force on December 31, 2015. SB519/Act 204 negates the need to extend Act 326 as certain key provisions of Act 326 are carried forward indefinitely within the Transient Accommodations Tax Act.
The following is an email sent to all Hawaiian Senators and Representatives offering to work together to resolve the challenges posed by TVR and the unsubstantiated claims being made:
Dear Hawaii Senators and State Representatives:
I’m writing to you in the hope that we might work together to put in place a consistent, effective approach to the state’s array of accommodation offerings including owner-operated transient accommodations and agency-managed transient accommodations.
This legislative session — and the four legislative sessions prior — have witnessed a number of bills introduced that offer widely disparate statements as to the definition, quantity, and legality of these types of transient accommodations. Whether the description is Individual Visitor Units (IVUs), Individually Advertised Units (IAUs), Transient Vacation Rentals (TVRs), or Transient Vacation Units (TVUs), we do not believe that Hawaii wishes to put an end to this type of accommodation, nor do we believe Hawaii wants to send a message that such options are to be denied to consumers. But the attacks on this popular vacation option has seen Hawaii legislators criticized for advancing bills that create monopolies for hotels or property managers.