Welcome to BIVRA
The Big Island Vacation Rental Association was formed to be an advocate for the Vacation Rental Community on the Big Island. We exist to help vacation rentals grow and prosper on the Big Island. Our members include vacation rental owners, property managers, suppliers, and vendors.
HAWAII COUNTY SEEKS TO MAKE MANY HOSTED TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS ILLEGAL
On Monday November 21 County of Hawaii Counselors Ashley Kierkiewicz and Heather Kimball presented a fully formed policy to give the Department of Planning control of hosted transient accommodations in Hawaii County.
Hosted transient accommodations are rooms or ohanas that families rent to visitors on a short term basis. A typical host might rent a bedroom in their home or an outbuilding on their farm. Importantly - hosted rentals are not owned by absentee landlords. The hosts are kamaʻāina and live on site and rent out part of their home.
More than 7,500 families here in Hawaii County depend on transient accommodation rentals to make ends meet every month. Seven thousand five hundred families. This includes thousands of service providers who clean, maintain and manage rentals.
Without this income many of these families stand to lose their livelihoods and, in some cases, their homes. If passed as written, this bill will make some families homeless and force others to leave the island.
Among the many problems with the legislation:
The problem the County is looking to solve is not defined.
The County has commissioned no independent research on the results of their last regulatory effort.
The County has conducted no independent research on the current economic impact of the hosted accommodations or what impacts changes to the rules will have on kamaʻāina.
The County has hosted no listening sessions, no community forums and no idea sessions to solicit input and feedback from the community.
Hosts were given no input into the drafting of the legislation. It was presented by the counselors as a fully formed policy.
For no discernible reason the Counselors have set an extremely aggressive schedule to pass the legislation.
There are a ton of other significant problems. These include a complete ban on renting ohanas, arbitrarily large fines, onerous fees and regulatory burdens that are insurmountable for many kamaʻāina.
But ultimately these problems are a result of one thing: A deeply flawed and unfair process that has started to unfold.
This is not a pono. If the final bill is going to have legitimacy and buy-in from the broader community our elected officials need to rewind and listen.
Reasonable regulation and oversight is obviously necessary in any industry, but stakeholders need to be involved from the very start to achieve a fair and positive outcome.
Here are the Big Island Vacation Rental Association we are working to rewind this process and help to start it over by getting our elected officials to listen to us and collaborate to develop a regulatory framework that serves everyone: owners, service providers, neighbors and visitors alike.
If you own and operate a transient accommodation rental or are a service provider for a transient accommodation rental please join the Big Island Vacation Rental Association today!