Testimony needed: Tell Airbnb and our legislators that we need affordable housing

The Honolulu Planning Commission will be hearing several bills re: vacation rentals on Wed. 9/5 at 1:30p at the Mission Memorial Auditorium (550 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii).

Submit testimony by Mon. 9/3 to stand up for affordable housing by emailing [email protected] or using our email form below. We urge you to do the following:

  • Support Res. 17-52, CD1. You may remember that AiKea organized to pass Res. 17-52 CD1 last November. We believe that Res. 17-52 CD1 would do the best job in enforcing illegal vacation rentals and protecting our affordable housing.
  • Oppose Agenda Item 2. AKA the Mayor’s omnibus bill.
    • We urge you to oppose this bill because it does nothing to hold platforms like Airbnb accountable, which will make enforcement difficult if not impossible.
    • The omnibus bill would also allow an unlimited number of B&Bs (owner-occupied short-term rentals). Keep it Kailua estimates that there are 175,000 housing units on Oahu that could qualify to get a B&B permit. We don’t have a problem with local residents who need to rent out part of their home to make ends meet, but allowing an unlimited number of these rentals is irresponsible and will hurt our local rental market.

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