Since mid-September, I have received many complaints about potential illegal rental activity
and ‘monster homes’ in Liliha and Alewa Heights’ residential neighborhood.
- Four resolutions amending the Honolulu Land Use Ordinance (Resolutions 17-52, CD1, 17-163, 17-164, and 17-301) propose various reforms, including new enforcement tools, revamped permitting processes, harsher penalties, and stricter requirements and obligations for short-term rental property owners and hosting platforms with regards to advertisement and transparency.
- These resolutions will be reviewed by Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) and by City Planning Commission; recommendations from DPP and the Planning Commission will return to the Council within a 12-month timeframe.
At 9:00 AM on Thursday, November 16th, the Council’s Zoning and Housing (ZH) Committee will hear measures addressing neighbors’ complaints about ‘monster homes:’
- ZH Agenda Item #5: Resolution 17-276, which seeks more stringent controls over the number of bedrooms and wet bars that can be approved, with proposed amendments to require DPP to undertake more rigorous inspections to insure that properties are not being developed for use as illegal vacation rentals, or related purposes.
- ZH Agenda Item #6: Bill 94 establishes a temporary moratorium on the issuance of building permits for large residential structures in residential zones to give Department of Planning and Permitting and the Council time to evaluate and propose increased regulatory controls to insure that large residential homes are not illegal vacation rentals.