Maui Discussion

Ask the Mayor: Are There No More Short-Term Vacation Rental Licenses?

March 23, 2015, 9:13 AM HST
* Updated March 30, 1:07 PM
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The mayor answers questions from the public in this series.

By Mayor Alan Arakawa

Q: I heard there was a headline in the Maui News that said no more short-term [vacation rental home] licenses are being given for homes on Maui. Is this true? If so when did it become law?

A: No, that is not true, although it might be in the future if the County Council follows the Maui Planning Commission’s recommendation to call for a moratorium on all new short-term vacation rental permits. There is currently a shortage of affordable rental homes for residents, which is why the panel wants to hold off on more short-term accommodations for visitors.

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