Judge Halts Honolulu’s 90-day Short-Term Rental Law

Posted Friday, October 14, 2022 - By Chuck Garrett

Mahalo to the nonprofit Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance (HILSTRA), and Andreea Grigore, CEO of Elite Pacific / Gather Vacationsfor their efforts to put a halt to Honolulu’s 90-Day Short-Term Rental Law.

Honolulu Star Advertiser
Oct 14, 2022

A U.S. District Court judge has granted a preliminary injunction ordering the city not to enforce the provisions in a new Oahu law that pertains to increasing the minimum allowable stay for Oahu rentals outside of resort districts to 90 days from 30 days.

The ruling issued Thursday by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson enjoins the city “from enforcing or implementing Ordinance 22-7, signed into law on April 26, 2022, insofar as it prohibits 30-89-day home rentals, or the advertisement of such rentals, in any district on Oahu, pending further order from this Court.”

HILSTRA President Andreea Grigore, who is CEO of Elite Pacific Vacations, said in an email, “We are grateful for the court’s decision to grant HILSTRA the preliminary injunction in our challenge to Ordinance 22-7. The legislation was flawed from the beginning, and the ruling indicates the court understood and upheld the constitutional rights of Oahu owners.”

HILSTRA, made up of Oahu residents who rent out second homes on their properties or elsewhere and those who rent out their homes while traveling or working elsewhere, had argued that Ordinance 22-7, formerly Bill 41, caused “immediate and devastating” effects because it makes no provision for those property owners and operators who have purchased and legally rented their properties for periods of 30 to 89 days.

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