Transient Accommodations Tax: What Should Hawaii Vacation Rental Owners Know about Act 326?

Requires any operator of a transient accommodation to designate a local contact residing on the same island as the transient accommodation. Requires that all advertisements and solicitations on websites for transient accommodations display registration identification numbers. Effective July 1, 2012. Repealed on December 31, 2015. (HB2078 CD1)

Hawaii Owner-Builder Law Amended to Allow Hardship Exemption for Selling Property with Open Permits

Effective July 1, 2011, Act 115 further amends Hawaii’s owner-builder law, clarifying whether or not an owner, in the event of hardship, can sell a property with an open owner-builder permit.

Owner-Builder Law Amended to Allow Hardship Exemption

As of July 1, 2010, there is now a process by which homeowners who have built a home or improved a property with an owner-builder permit can list the home for sale or lease within the first year after completion. To qualify for the hardship exemption, the owner-builder must file an application with the Contractors License Board certifying that the structure was not intended for sale or lease at the time the permit was obtained. The Board must notify the… Read More

A Full Day of Politics at Imiloa Astronomy Center

HIBR Membership Meeting Yesterday, members of the Hawaii Island Board of Realtors (HIBR) met for our July General Membership Meeting at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo. Theme of the Day: Politics Our first two guest speakers were Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Governor Duke Aiona, both of whom are running for the Office of Governor in Hawaii this year. Candidate for Lt. Governor Lyla Berg, State Representative from the 18th District and Vice-Chair of the House Education Committee, also attended… Read More

Year in Review – 2009 Legislation Recap

Here’s a quick recap of three pieces of real-estate related state legislation passed in 2009 that impact our Hawaii community: Solar Water Heater Law: Hawaii has become the first state in the nation to require the installation of solar water heating systems on new single-family homes, as of January 1, 2010.  There are exceptions.  Read more about the solar power legislation. The Clothesline Act: This law prohibits any outright ban on outdoor clotheslines for single-family home owners and townhouse owners. … Read More


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