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Maui Vacation Rental Association Offers Free Membership to Legal Rentals

March 13, 2018, 12:40 PM HST · Updated March 13, 12:42 PM
Nikki Schenfeld · 4 Comments
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The Maui Vacation Rental Association is offering free membership in 2018 to all permitted vacation rentals in Maui County.

Ordinarily, the annual membership fee is $99, however, MVRA is inviting all legally permitted Short Term Rental Homes, Bed and Breakfast homes, and vacation rental managers representing legally permitted properties to join MVRA free of charge for 2018.

“We want to expand the membership of MVRA so all permitted properties are on board,” says Tom Croly, Chair of the MVRA Board of Directors. “It will benefit the vacation rental owners by keeping them informed of the latest legislation and issues relating to Maui County vacation rentals, and by growing our membership MVRA will become a more powerful and united voice in representing our industry.”

Many vacation rental owners who have successfully been granted their permits may think they don’t need to be involved any further, notes Croly, yet the laws and taxes related to vacation rental uses are constantly being re-examined and amended by the Planning Department and County Council. MVRA says it continues to be a part of that process and strives to keep its members informed about these changes and how they can best respond.

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MVRA was formed in 2002 for the purpose of establishing fair regulation of short-term rental and B&B uses of single-family homes in Maui County. At that time there were fewer than 25 legally permitted short-term rentals in Maui County, and the industry was largely unregulated. With MVRA’s participation, the County established the B&B and STRH ordinances, and today there are more than 350 permitted B&B and STRH permit holders.

MVRA has established itself as the primary spokesperson for the Vacation Rental industry on Maui. This all-volunteer organization works to address community concerns, works with the County to implement regulations and permit procedures, assists vacation rental owners who are seeking permits, and promotes compliance with State and County regulations.

“MVRA’s goal is that everyone who wishes to rent a home—or a portion of the home they live in—for short term will first get properly permitted,” says Croly. “This helps control short-term rental uses to best fit into their neighborhoods and puts everyone on a level playing field.”

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For more information on the benefits of MVRA membership or to join the membership, click here.

Nikki Schenfeld
Nikki joined the Maui Now team in 2016 as a writer/reporter. Originally from Chicago, she has had internships with CBS2 Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Chicago where she had the opportunity to interview some of Chicago's best athletes. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism. She moved to Maui in 2013.

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