STAND. COM. REP. NO. 77

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2023

 

RE: H.B. No. 84

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-Second State Legislature

Regular Session of 2023

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Housing, to which was referred H.B. No. 84 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO COUNTIES,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to:

 

(1) Make explicit the counties' authority to enact ordinances to amortize or phase out permitted, nonconforming, or otherwise allowed short-term rentals in any zoning classification; and

 

(2) Include swapping, bartering, or exchange of a residential dwelling in the definition of "short-term rental".

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Tourism Authority and four individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from Airbnb. Your Committee received comments on this measure from Airbnb Public Policy, Hawaii.

 

Your Committee finds that certain short-term rentals are permitted to operate in the State through zoning laws adopted in each county. Your Committee further finds that certain short-term rentals continue operating only by virtue of their status as legal, nonconforming uses that have been grandfathered in. This measure will address this legal loophole by allowing the counties to amortize or phase out permitted, nonconforming, or otherwise allowed short-term rentals in any zoning classification.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Changing the number of minimum days an individual must stay for a dwelling unit to be considered a short-term rental to an unspecified number of days;

 

(2) Changing the effective date to July 1, 3000, to encourage further discussion; and

 

(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Housing that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 84, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 84, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Water & Land.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Housing,

 

 

 

 

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TROY N. HASHIMOTO, Chair