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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Transient Vacation Rentals allowed to resume operations with modifications under proclamation

Mayor Michael Victorino announced today that transient vacation rentals will be allowed to resume operations with modifications beginning Tuesday, June 16, under the Governor’s 9th Proclamation.

The Governor clarified to the counties that transient vacation rentals will be able to rent to travelers not subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine. The Governor’s proclamation allows TVRs to resume operations the same day that the interisland travel quarantine is lifted by the State on June 16.

“The availability of transient vacation rentals will give greater choice and flexibility to Hawaii residents, who may want to visit family or shop in Maui County,” Mayor Victorino said. “Hotels and motels will continue to be allowed to house out-of-state visitors subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine. This includes certain condo-hotels and time-shares that operate like hotels and have the ability to effectively monitor quarantine requirements, thanks to its front desk, housekeeping and other full-time staff. We understand that the State is compiling a list of hotels and hotel-like properties to assist with verifying travelers at the airport.”

Transient vacation rental operators should take note that:

TVRs are allowed to take reservations now, but renters will not be able to begin their stay until Tuesday, June 16.

The governor’s proclamation includes host liability, which means that TVR owners may be subject to enforcement if they rent to individuals who are subject to the 14-day quarantine. (A conviction could include jail time of up to one year and a fine of up to $5,000).

Condominium units that are zoned hotel or that are on the short-term occupancy list, B&Bs and STRHs, could potentially rent to interisland travelers, residents and guests not subject to the 14-day quarantine, such as out-of-state guests who’ve completed their quarantine at a hotel.

Illegal TVRs continue to be disallowed and will be held responsible for violating County law and Public Health Emergency Rules, in addition to zoning violations.

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