I want to thank everyone for submitting testimony, for reading and considering the bills, and for providing input and ideas. We’re all busy with life, I know, and it has been just terrific to know that while we’ve been doing our work at RBOAA (and as individual owners, too!) so many are doing exactly the same.
Let me start with the harsh reality: Of all the bills we have been actively involved in, it is essential for us all to know that there are still a couple we must keep our eyes on. As we all know from 2012, the Hawaii Legislature can quickly throw some harmful language into another bill, and immediately, we’d have a new bill that can cause us additional angst.
HB 825, the omnibus bill creating many onerous rules and procedures, passed virtually without amendment and will go to the Consumer Affairs Committee. The hearing date has not yet been scheduled.
Upcoming Hearings on Tuesday February 17. Testimony needs to be submitted by 9AM Monday Hawaiian time.
On Tuesday the Senate Commerce committee will hear:
SB 1237 - the exact companion to HB 825
SB 1246 - which excludes time shares and hotels from needing a local contact and the rest of Act 326
SB 1031 - the companion to HB 803 which requires us to hire a real estate agent
SB 201 - the companion to HB 1288 concerning the online data base on transient vacation rental locations & registration
SB 519 - requiring the address of the transient accommodation and the registration to appear in the online advertisement. Makes it a criminal offense for non-compliance.
Pending Legislation Introduced in 2015
(as of January 28, 2015)
Bills to amend Act 326 that have been introduced in the 2015 legislature as of January 28, 2015 are:
SB1031 (Baker and others) requires 'local contact" to now be "on-island agent" who must be a licensed realtor. Custodian/caretaker must be an employee and work for only one owner.
Legislative session wrap-up: RBOAA again turns tide in Hawaii legislature, by Alicia Hopkins, President, RBOAA
Another Hawaii legislative session has ended. Once again, the efforts of the Hawaii Rental By Owner Awareness Association (RBOAA) played a significant role in preserving the owner-operated vacation-rental accommodation choice in Hawaii for visitors, and upholding the ability of owners who invest in Hawaii to provide it. Click here to read more...
Rental By Owner Awareness Association's (RBOAA) Mission is:
- to provide accurate information about Hawaiian vacation rentals to property owners and Hawaiian legislators
- to support the Hawaiian economy by ensuring that visitors have sufficient options in their selection of accommodations
- to provide Hawaiian vacation rental property owners with information that will increase their awareness of changing federal, state, and local regulations and requirements with which their ongoing compliance is required
- to help ensure that the rights of Hawaiian vacation rental property owners are not infringed on by others who would prefer to restrict them to reduce competition.
MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE:
Key reporting dates approaching under Act 326 . . .
Regular visitors to the RBOAA website will be quite familiar with our “Complying with Act 326” tab found under “News and Updates.” Once there, you’ll see we’ve placed a helpful link to the Hawaii “Department of Taxation Announcement 2014-02” which spells out responsibilities of vacation rental owners and AOAOs under Act 326.
March 31, 2014 — If you are an operator of transient accommodation, you must report certain information to your AOAO by this date.
April 30, 2014 — Your AOAO must file a report of this information with the Hawaii Department of Taxation by this date.
It may well be that your AOAO has already requested the Act 326 information from you, or that you have supplied it to your AOAO without their reminder. For our part, given the importance of Act 326, and the penalties for non-compliance, RBOAA is recommending that all owners of transient accommodation exercise an abundance of caution, and provide to their AOAO by March 31, 2014, the information required of operators of transient accommodation under Act 326.
Even if you have previously filed with your AOAO the information required by Act 326, another review now, and a submission of your information to your AOAO before March 31, 2014, may just give you the peace of mind that comes from erring on the side of caution. And if you sit on your property’s AOAO, it’s worth a review of Act 326 to ensure that you’re fulfilling your AOAO requirements, too!
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