Big Island Rental Advisors

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Big Island Vacation Rental Owners

The recently-adopted Ordinance 18 114, also known as “Bill 108,” regulates short term vacation rentals(STVR) in Hawai‘i County. 

Hawaii County STVR Application Packet

The Bill stipulates that an on-island reachable person must be listed on the application and posted in the Short Term Vacation Rental Property.

Owner/Reachable Person Responsibilities:

  1. Reside in the County of Hawai‘i;
  2. Be reachable by guests, neighbors, and County agencies on a twenty-four (24) hour, seven (7) days per-week basis; 
  3. Be able to respond via telephone to a request from a guest, neighbor or County agency within one (1) hour of receiving that request and by physically present at the STVR within three (3) hours of receiving a call from a guest, neighbor or County agency, when that guest, neighbor, or County agency requests the presence of the reachable person;

Transient Accommodations Rules for Hawaii

  1. Designate a local contact residing on the same island as the property.
  2. Provide the local contacts information to any entity with covenants, bylaws, or administrator (AOAO-Association of Apartment Owners) and (HOA-Home Owners Associations).
  3. Include the local contact name and phone number in any contract or written rental agreement.
  4. Provide on a website or by online link and display in all advertisements and solicitations on websites the registration identification number issued under HRS 237D-4, also known as the Transient accommodations tax license number
Hawaii Form BB-1 GET & TAT License

Self Managing Your Property

In the State of Hawaii a individual can lease and manage his/her own property without a real estate license. 

Hawaii’s Residential Landlord-Tenant Code, if you rent your property(ies) and live off-island:

  1. Find an on-island agent to act on your behalf.
  2. Designate a local contact to assist with the collection of taxes for your rental property(ies). 
  3. The local contact also serves as the contact in case of an emergency or natural disaster, or to answer any questions, concerns, or property issues that arise.

The on-island agent/local contact doesn’t have to be a licensed real estate professional, unless he/she is involved in renting or offering to rent the property.